The third beta version of Android 12 is now available. These are the new features it introduces and the mobiles compatible with the new version.
As marked in the official update schedule, the third beta version of Android 12 is now available for download on Google Pixel mobiles.
The Android 12 beta number three is an incremental update, which introduces small functional and performance improvements over the previous installment.
Compatible phones with Android 12 Beta 3
When launching the first beta of Android 12, Google stated that a total of 22 devices of up to 11 brands would be compatible with the trial version. However, Google Pixel are still at the top of the list of supported devices, and as such are the first to be able to install beta number 3 of Android 12.
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
In the case of models from other manufacturers, we will have to wait for each brand to decide release update, whose installation can be done manually by ing the steps in our guide.
Download Android 12 Beta 3
Those people who already have the first or second beta of Android 12 installed on their phones, will receive the update to the third version via OTA automatically.
On the other hand, those who want to try Android 12 for the first time, will have to subscribe – free – to the Android Beta program using the Google account associated with your device, and later download the update through the mobile settings. If you are not sure how to do it, we recommend you visit our guide to update Android.
There is also the possibility to install the Android 12 OTA manually, downloading it through the Google developer page.
All the news of Android 12 Beta 3
Despite being an incremental update, Android 12 Beta 3 introduces a significant number of functional novelties that Google has detailed in its Android Developers Blog. They are as s:
- Scrolling screenshots : Extended screenshots have finally arrived on Android, giving the possibility of taking of lists in applications and web pages in a simple way, and without the need to use third-party apps.
- Search on the device: Beta 3 includes platform support for AppSearch, a new high-performance search engine built into the device. With AppSearch, applications can index and search structured data with built-in full-text search capabilities, and can use native features such as highly efficient indexing and retrieval, with multi-language support and relevance ranking.
- Privacy Indicators API in WindowInsets– In Beta 2, support was added for privacy indicators in the status bar that show when an app is using the device's camera, location, or microphone. Since gauges can be displayed when an app is in immersive mode and could cover controls or content, apps need to know where gauges can be drawn and make any necessary adjustments to prevent useful content from being covered. For this, in Beta 3 new Privacy indicator APIs.
- Configurable camera and microphone switches for business – New switches were included in Beta 2 that allow users to instantly disable access to the device's microphone and camera for all applications. Now this feature has been made available to business administrators so that they can set the necessary restrictions on managed devices.
- New permission for CDM-paired apps that start services in the foreground– To better support companion apps that carry out core functionality while providing transparency to the system, apps paired with Companion Device Manager (CDM) can start foreground services from the background by declaring a new normal permission.
- Better and faster automatic rotation Android's auto-rotate function with face detection has been improved, using the front camera to more accurately recognize when to rotate the screen. This is especially useful for people who use their devices while lying on a couch or in bed, for example.
- Android 12 for gaming: with the Game mode API, it is possible to “react” to the selection of the performance profile of the players for the game, prioritizing the battery life for a long trip, or the performance for maximum frame rates.
In addition to all that, the number 3 of Android 12 introduces the Final version API and SDK, so developers already have a stable environment to work on.
At the moment, Only one more beta version separates us of the definitive edition of Android 12. The fourth beta will arrive in august, and with it it will be tried achieve full platform stability, before posting the changes to the AOSP code.
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