Android 12 Beta 2 may have arrived early, but it comes with some features you can master right now, as long as you’re using the latest version.
We’ve showcased what we consider to be the most important or best performing features in Android 12 Beta 2, so go ahead before going through this latest list of things we didn’t think were quite successful or missed. during our first glimpse.
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Gesture of touching twice
Although the feature has been under development for over a year at this point and did not work in previous beta versions, the double-click gesture is now live and working in Android 12 beta 2. Tap the back of your phone to perform an action.
You can customize the double tap to do things like take a screenshot, launch the Google Assistant, play or pause any media that’s playing, access the Recent apps menu, expand the notification shade, or launch a app on your device. At the moment, only those who own a Pixel 5 seem to be able to activate the gesture, but it has been reported that some Pixel 4a 5G owners have been able to activate it as well.
It’s also worth noting that you can use the double tap gesture system-wide, but it won’t work while viewing the Settings menu, and some apps won’t launch when “Require more powerful taps” is active.
Widgets are one of Android 12’s “flagship” features, and the start of it is the “Conversations” widget that lets you jump into a message thread from the home screen. In Android 12 Beta 2 the widget is live for some people but unfortunately not for everyone.
The Conversations widget is able to tap into any ongoing discussion thread from different apps on your device including SMS / RCS from Google Messages, Groups and individual messages in Telegram, etc.
In Android 12 Beta 2, it defaults to showing the last message received in the chat, even if you have already opened the message. It will appear on the default size, but nothing smaller. 2 × 1 just displays the profile picture and the name of the person or the name of the message group.
New Face Unlock animation for Pixel 4
If you are a Pixel 4 owner or user, the older flagship and most powerful Pixel to date is getting some love thanks to a new Face Unlock animation in Beta 2. As the screen lock disappears, a wave of color emits from the top of the display to the bottom, which means that the face unlock has just been used.
This effect is very subtle and quite similar to other animations found on Pixels in Android 12, including two similar “waves” that appear when the device is charging. Just like the loading animations, this subtle change also follows your device’s wallpaper color settings.
With Android 12 Beta 2, the Google Assistant learned how to open your phone’s power menu, in exchange for power button support. This is because you can ask the Google Assistant to turn off and it will launch the power menu and allow you to restart or shut down your device.
It would have been nice to be able to turn your phone off using your voice, but at least opening the power menu fills the void left by the Google Assistant supporting the lock button if you enabled “Hold for Assistant “.
New charging animations (again)
The loading animations in Android have had a few tweaks since beta 1, but beta 2 is fine-tuned yet again. When you plug in a USB-C charging cable, the ripple effect is more subtle and fades before it reaches the top of your screen.
For wireless charging, the dot ring has been replaced with a simple wave of color. The percentage remains but is now significantly larger. In tandem with Android 12’s “dynamic lighting” on the lock screen, it’s a nice effect.
Picture-in-picture mode is a popular feature, but with the Android 12 Beta 2 update, it’s important to note that you might experience some issues when trying to resize the floating player. The actual player now has rounded corners to mimic the more bubbly aesthetic that Android 12 really leaned into – but we can see that this is quite confrontational.
The ability to drag a corner and resize the PiP window has been abandoned in favor of a double tap to enlarge the gesture. When you do this, the reader will simply span the full width of your screen. However, you can still pinch to resize the window however you see fit, which might be the preferred method of activation for many people anyway.
Android 12 Developer Beta 2: What’s your new favorite feature?
In combination with our first deep dive this should be all the features we’ve found in Android 12 Beta 2 so far. Sure, there may be some hidden options, but for the most part, it’s quite the overhaul. What is your favorite new feature (s)? Let us know in the comments section below!
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