It has been a month already since the first Android 12 Beta was released by Google at the I/O in May 2021. The latest news that we bring you is that Google has released the second Android 12 Beta 2, for the participating Pixel users & developers for now.
Android 12 Beta is the most downloaded version of android ever.
The latest Android 12 Beta 2 brings many exciting features, upgrades, redesigns, and other enhanced changes. The Beta 2 update comes with a size of 525 MB. It is currently available for Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5.
Google described the Android 12 as, “the biggest design change in Android’s history” called the “Material You“. And now, it has added/changed more features with the Android 12 Beta 2 such as Adaptive Theming, Resizable conversational widgets, UI changes, Quick Tap Mode for screenshots, Floating Power Menu, and many more.
To help you keep up with the changes and latest features, we have gathered a list of the redesigns and changes coming with the Android 12 Beta 2 here.
Most of the content is taken from Youtube Channel : In Depth Tech Reviews, if you want to watch the video, here it is.
Lock Screen and Always On Display (AOD)
We begin with the lock screen and AOD as it is the first thing you see when you pick a phone. In the Android 12 Beta 2, the date is clearly in a bigger font than the Beta 1 in AOD as shown in the pictures. The alarm and DND icons are placed beside each other in Beta 2 unlike Beta 1. The weather information has been removed from the AOD as well as the lock screen.
There are additional Show wallet and Show device controls settings available under the lock screen settings in the Android 12 Beta 2. Show wallet feature allows you to access your wallet from the lock screen and quick settings and Show device controls let you access controls when your device is locked.
Another latest feature in the Android 12 Beta 2 is the Google Pay shortcut on the lock screen. You can directly access your GPay cards from the lock screen by simply clicking on the shortcut icon (As shown in the image) and unlocking your Pixel device. This is basically an easier way to pay anyone/any bills.
Now that we have unlocked our Android 12 mobiles, we get to the Homescreen. Here, as shown in the pictures, the newest change that has been brought to the home screen is the change in design or the UI change while dragging the applications. There are now curved borders while removing the apps or widgets and also on the “Remove” and “Uninstall” buttons in Android 12 Beta 2 unlike Beta 1.
The next change is the change in the Recent Apps screen. Beta 2 has a solid background now which matches the mobile theme in the recent apps screen while Beta 1 had the home wallpaper. Also, there has been a change in the menu for applications on that screen.
Another small change in the home screen of Beta 2 is the change of Style & wallpapers (Beta 1) text on the home screen menu to Wallpaper & style.
The Home screen also got an added feature in the form of Previews of Videos in the Recent Apps screen. You can now see live previews of videos and even games on the recent apps screen. But, you cannot actually control anything from that screen.
The latest change in the Power Menu is that it is now available in a floating style rather than the older/classic Power Menu screen as shown in the picture below.
Another change about the Power Menu is that is now available in the notification drawer/bar unlike Beta 1 as shown below.
The latest advancement in the incoming calls popup is that there are smaller popups for them in the Android 12 Beta 2. Also, there is a rounder UI design for the accept and decline buttons as shown in the picture below.
The long-awaited Time Lapse for Astrophotography is now available in the Android 12 Beta 2. You can switch it on by going to the Camera -> Settings -> Advanced -> Time Lapse for Astrophotography. It is a piece of exciting news for avid photographers.
There has been a change in the volume control icons too in the Android 12 Beta 2. The icons are of the volume level and device mode are now in the same column/window or unified instead of separate from each other like the Beta 1. Also, in Android 12 Beta 2, the volume indicator column is much thinner unlike Beta 1 as shown in the pictures.
The first noticeable change in the Settings menu of Android 12 Beta 2 is that the display of the sub-menu in the main menu. Below, you can clearly see that this feature was not available in the Android 12 Beta 1.
The next change inside the Settings is the change in the Network & Internet settings. The change is that the Mobile network/Cellular data and the Wi-Fi settings are both included under one menu called the “Internet”.
Another major change that has been made is to the Battery settings. In the Android 12 Beta 2, the remaining battery percentage text’s font is much bigger and bolder than the Beta 1 as shown in the picture. Also, the time left is written in a different manner in Beta 2.
The latest change in the Privacy section of Android 12 Beta 2 is the presence of Camera & Microphone indicators. There is a display of camera and microphone icons on the top right as shown in the picture whenever they are in use.
Another change is the addition of a Privacy Dashboard in the Android 12 Beta 2. It basically shows you the most accessed sensors in the past 24 hours, which applications are currently using the different sensors, and which applications have the permission to use those sensors.
The latest change in the Widget section of the Android 12 Beta 2 is the conversation widgets are now of a bigger size. Also, those widgets are now available under a separate Conversations section in the Android 12 Beta 2 unlike Beta 1 where they were under the System UI section.
Another new feature available in the conversation widget is that those widgets can be resized by simply pressing them for a few seconds and then releasing them.
The major change in the Android 12 Beta 2 regarding the Notifications tray is the ever-present dark mode for the notifications bar/drop-down. It will be in dark mode regardless of the theme. Another change is the change in the design of the notifications panel. It has more rounded corners in Beta 2 and also the addition of a Power Button as mentioned above in the Power Menu section. These changes can be seen in the picture below.
Another change in the notification panel/drop-down of the Android 12 Beta 2 is that there are smaller media controls as compared to the Android 12 Beta 1.
Adaptive Theming (Wallpaper based)
In the Android 12 Beta 2, there is a new and elegant feature of the Adaptive theming based on the wallpapers of the Android device. The Android 12 Beta 2 adapts the color code of the device wallpaper and then sets the theme as per it.
It changes quick settings, app drawer, notification panel/bar, and everything else according to the wallpaper’s color to match it. An example is shown in the images below. But, it doesn’t actually work for the Files/File Manager in the device.
Quick Tap gesture
The Android 12 Beta 2 has included the feature for the Quick Tap gesture which can take a screenshot now. It is available in the Gestures settings of the device. Once set on “Take screenshot” for the Quick Tap, you simply need to tap twice quickly on the back of your device. It will capture a screenshot. The other options for the Quick Tap gesture can be observed in the picture below.
With that, we conclude our list of the most important and new updates, features, changes, and additions coming with the latest Android 12 Beta 2. Make sure to comment below on the changes/features that you are most excited about. And follow us on all Social Media platforms to stay updated with the latest Android news, updates, and everything else.
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