Google has released what is rumored to be the fifth and latest beta of Android 12, adding that there are just a few weeks left until the official release of the full Android 12 operating system.
The new beta is also the first version Pixel 5A owners can install.
People using the beta are unlikely to notice a big difference, as its goal is to prepare developers for the upcoming official release of Android 12, rather than adding new features.
But for those who have the latest Google phones, there is now a chance to see what this version is like before its official release and without too much risk, as the beta has entered the platform’s stability phase.
The Pixel 5A launched in late August, and the beta was not yet officially available, according to the Arab portal for technical news.
Although the release of the phone was limited, as it is sold in the US and in Japan, anyone who owns it can now try the new version of Android before it’s officially released.
And for this particular version, this experience could come in handy, as Android 12 marks a major UI redesign (at least on all Pixel devices) with a new theme system, a new widget system, and a different location for the smart home controls and Google Pay.
Although the official version of the operating system is forthcoming, but the time in which you will be able to install it depends on the manufacturer of your phone.
Some of the noteworthy additions are tech clock widgets, a redesigned calculator, and a new lock screen shortcut.
The watch app has also received some tweaks with a design updated, new animations and colors to match your phone’s theme.
It also brings Google’s new custom design language, Material You, to the calculator app with pastel color integration.
And the lock screen contains a new shortcut to control the device. Which lets you control smart home devices with the click of a button by simply waking up your phone screen.
Device controls have been moved from the Android 11 playlist to the quick settings drawer. But the controls are now available in another more comfortable position. The button joins the Google Wallet shortcut that appeared on the lock screen in the second beta.
Pixel owners running the beta version can now access a new and improved search bar.
And no matter what you type, the bar shows the corresponding settings and contacts, as well as the Google app and results provided by the bar.
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