Google has just released a new beta of Android 12. Beta 3 continues to add features, including scrolling screenshots, a faster universal search for apps on the device, and improved auto rotation.
A little over a month after the second beta of Android 12, Google has finally released the third for its Pixel smartphones. As for the Android 12 calendar, this third beta of Android 12 is important, as it is the latest version before the operating system is deployed in stable version in the fall.
This means that this is likely the latest update introducing a whole bunch of new features. Indeed, Google should then focus on troubleshooting bugs before launching a stable version.
WHAT NEW FEATURES BRINGS ANDROID 12 BETA 3?
Android 12 Beta 3 introduces scrolling screenshots. When you do a screenshot, there will be a new “Capture More” button in the menu that brings users to a full preview with the ability to adjust the crop. Applications with a highly customized user interface will benefit from a new ScrollCapture API.
Google has also improved its automatic rotation function. Rather than just using your smartphone’s accelerometer, the automatic rotation will also be based on what the front camera of your device sees to be faster and more responsive. Indeed, it will now take into account how you look at your phone to know if you want to use it in landscape or portrait mode. If you don’t want to use your front camera, the standard auto rotation has still become up to 25% faster with this update.
Another notable improvement of the third beta of Android 12 is the addition of a new search engine on the device called AppSearch, which allows apps to quickly and easily find data in your phone without sacrificing security. Google also emphasizes the importance it attaches to mobile games by advertising features such as “Play as You Download”. It will soon be possible to launch some games while they install on your smartphone, provided that the developer has made this possible.
Android 12 Beta 3 is available now on some Pixel phones and can be installed via an OTA update. Several other manufacturers are participating in the beta program, but this new version should not arrive on all smartphones at the same time.