On October 4, 2021, Android 12 was decommissioned. Even if it has been a part of a few Android phones for some time, there are still a lot of new capabilities that you may be unaware of. More emphasis has been placed in this current release on Gaming, adaptable aesthetics, media, and safety (as well as a few other surprises).
Unfortunately, if you’re not a die-hard Android fan, you may not have noticed these interesting features since they’re not easy to find, aren’t commonly used by third-party apps yet, or have become your phone’s backdrop default. We will discuss the most intriguing features and how to access them. This new version will please those who enjoy games and security and make their phones simpler and more enjoyable.
Dashboard for Game Mode
The Game Mode dashboard is among the best features of Android 12 that most people are unaware of. To enable the game dashboard, you must delve deep into the settings. You’ll have to take a long and convoluted route to get there.
Then, select the Notifications option. Do Not Disturb must be enabled on the new screen’s General area, so scroll to the bottom a little. This will bring you to a fresh screen where you may click on Schedules. On the Schedules screen, there is a small gear icon next to Gaming. It should be visible to you. Change the gear. Finally, flip the switch.
Assuming you’re playing a game that supports this fantastic feature, you’ll notice an indicator on the right-hand side of your mesh. When you do this, a little controller symbol appears. The dashboard is then displayed (at long last!). Many fascinating choices are available here, but not all of these will work with every game. When you play a game, you have several options to choose from.
You can live stream your games on YouTube, optimize your battery, enable a frame rate counter, disable notifications, and add a recording and snapshot button to your game screen. You’ll also be able to view your profile, which includes your ranking position and other information.
Audio-coupled haptic effect
While haptic feedback isn’t unique to smartphones, Android 12 attempts to make it more intriguing and useful for most users. For those who are unfamiliar with haptic feedback, it is a slight sensation that can contribute to making digital interfaces feel more lifelike.
If you have haptic feedback enabled, you will feel a small vibration when you press a letter on the screen keyboard. This is designed to give you the impression that you’re writing on a real keyboard.
We can use our phones’ haptic functions with sound in Android 12. This is a significant step forward. Each gadget will include distinct haptic patterns for each ringtone that come with it. When your ringer is turned off, you can always identify who is calling.
Much more exciting, Google’s HapticGenerator API allows developers to leverage this feature, making it even more enjoyable. When you plug this into your game, it will generate haptic patterns for your sound effects and music. You’ll be able to sense real-time sensations when you play or watch video games and movies.
Even though it’s so simple, if you’ve been using an Apple device for a while, this may appear to be a feature that arrived late to the party. If you have a larger-screen Android phone, you may be relieved that this one-handed mode has now been implemented.
With a tap or slide, you can temporarily move the top half of the screen down to the bottom half. This makes moving around the screen easier. That’s it. To accomplish this, navigate to your settings menu.
Then, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select System. Then we moved on to gestures and finally to one-handed mode. You’ll have a mesh and a few options to choose from. You can pull the screen into reach or enable the One-hand mode shortcut if you like.
I struggled with the pull option. Place your finger correctly so that it does not cause any problems. There is a practical way. This adds a floating button to the screen’s right side. When you tap it, the upper half of the screen will glide down.
24-Hour History of Notifications
Users of the Android 12 operating system praise the following function, which is hidden in plain sight. So far, I’ve discovered that having a “catch-all” bucket for all my alerts from the previous 24 hours has proven beneficial. It is quite useful and difficult to locate, as simple as it is.
To enable this, swipe down on your device to reveal your notifications. Then you can activate it. At the bottom, there is a “History” switch. If this button is present, this functionality is already enabled. If you see a Manage button, tap it.
You can also go to Settings, select Notifications, and select the notifications you want. “Notification history” is among the first things you’ll notice. Go to that screen and flip the switch. This is exactly what you will do. Finally, even if you swipe them away, your alerts will have a pleasant home to stay in for 24 hours.
There is one thing that this feature lacks: a search bar. Throughout the day, I receive numerous alerts. It would be highly beneficial if the software could assist you in narrowing it down. You can at least look for items you may have misplaced previously.
Support for new media encoding
This is for the true technologists out there! AVIF pictures, HEVC video transcoding, and MPEG-H 3D audio are now supported in Android 12. There are a lot of capital letters, but there isn’t much else to go with them. Let me explain why this function is so beneficial to Android users.
AVIF is a unique image file format similar to jpeg, png, and gif. It boasts higher image quality and even higher compression rates. That means you might have an image that occupies less space on your drive but appears better than a JPEG.
HeVC is similar to AVIF in that it only supports video. HEVC was formerly used by a wide range of devices and apps. However, many of them still do not. If you don’t wish to use HEVC video files on your phone, Android 12 will convert them on the fly so that they may be used across the entire operating System.
However, this will slow people down. On a Pixel 3 phone, an HEVC video file “takes roughly 20 seconds to encode into an AVC format.” However, it may be a worthwhile trade-off if you want everyone to use video.
Is MPEG-H 3D Audio something you should be aware of? Many people refer to the phenomenon as “three-dimensional sound.” This implies that your phone can now do more than play surround sound. There are up to 64 speakers on 128-core channels that can be utilized in a variety of ways. It can even provide 3D sound in headphones for those who prefer it. There are numerous options.
Previously, something like this would have required the installation of a third-party app. You’re fortunate to be on Android 12 because screenshots can now be scrolled through. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “scrollable screenshot,” consider taking a snapshot of a whole web page or a substantial portion of a discussion.
For most of the period, you’d have to load your screen with the items you intended to photograph, scroll down, and photograph them. You could also use an app that allows you to snap screenshots larger than your screen. Android now includes this capability.
This one isn’t as concealed as the others but requires explanation. After taking a screenshot, a series of icons will display at the bottom of your screen. “Capture more,” says the icon on the right. Tap on it.
This will allow you to snap an image roughly three times your screen’s width (or any amount in between). In this example, it does not appear capable of doing more, but it is still a significant improvement over the default configuration.