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Android 12 Stories December 4

Every application open on Android 12 is accompanied by a launch animation to make “startup a more consistent and delightful experience,” and the experience can be further enhanced by an animated icon on the splash screen as seen with Google’s apps.

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Android 12 Stories November 18

Google debuted the ability to have themed icons on the homescreen in Android 12, designed to help go all-in on Material You theming. Now, in Android 13, third-party apps can get in on the fun of themed icons; here’s an ongoing list of apps that support the functionality.

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Android 12 Stories October 24

As teased earlier this month, Android 12L is now rolling out to the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 with more than a few visual inspirations from Windows 11. 

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Android 12 Stories October 20

Android 12 is finally available for Chromecast with Google TV (4K) and available out of the box on the HD model too. But it’s an update that doesn’t bring a ton of user-facing features. One addition in Android 12 for Chromecast with Google TV is frame rate matching, but in its current state, it’s not all that useful.

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Android 12 Stories October 17

Chromecast with Google TV is finally set to get an Android 12 update, and the new Chromecast (HD) gives us an early look at what the platform will bring to Google’s big-screen experience. Here’s everything new in Android 12 for Google TV on Chromecast.

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Android 12 Stories October 16

After launching on the cheaper HD model earlier this month, Android 12 is now rolling out to the Chromecast with Google TV 4K released in 2020.

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Android 12 Stories October 4

Samsung has updated these devices to Android 12

Android 12 is still a very new version of the platform, but Samsung is launching the update for its Galaxy devices less than a month after Google’s own Pixel phones. More devices will be updated over the coming months, and Samsung has confirmed a preliminary list of devices that will be updated.

Android 12 Stories September 22

It’s actually happening. After nearly two years and very few updates during its lifespan, the Chromecast with Google TV is getting updated to Android 12.

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Android 12 Stories September 6

Announced over three years ago at I/O 2019, Google today rolled out the final Pixel 3a and 3a XL update. May 2022 was officially the cut-off date for guaranteed Android version and security updates, but Pixel phones have historically gotten one more release after that.

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Android 12 Stories August 31

Google launched Android 12L back in March, but it’s only just making its way to existing devices. Lenovo is now the first to announce an Android 12L tablet with the “Lenovo Tab P11 (2nd Gen)” coming next year.

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Android 12 Stories August 29

Android 13 for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a prevents you from returning to Android 12 due to a security vulnerability. That’s still not changing for end users, but Google is now providing a path for developers to return to Android 12 on the Pixel 6 for app testing. 

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Android 12 Stories August 16

You might have slapped the stable Android 13 or even a previous Beta update on your Google Pixel and are missing out on a few things or not having the best experience. Luckily, so long as you’re not using the Pixel 6/6 Pro or 6a you can downgrade your Android 13 build back to a stable version of Android 12 if you encounter any major problems or just don’t like the current incarnation.

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Android 12 Stories August 12

At the start of this month, Google updated the Android distribution numbers to reveal that Android 12 is running on 13.3% of devices.

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Android 12 Stories August 3

You can now customize Material You colors on Android 12 for free as Repainter app adds trial

Android 12 brought with it the arrival of Material You, a one-step switch to theme your entire phone, from accents to apps, all based on your wallpaper. Creating custom looks for Material You colors, though, requires some assistance, and you can now do it for free with Repainter.

Android 12 Stories August 2

In most cases, Google rolls out the latest Android security patch to Pixel phones on the first Monday of every month. That did not occur this morning, and it looks like the August Pixel update has been delayed.

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Android 12 Stories August 1

With the Pixel 6a officially hitting store shelves and arriving for the first customers today, Google is releasing a day one update. 

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Android 12 Stories July 6

The July security patch is rolling out to Pixel (4/XL, 4a, 4a 5G, 5, 5a, 6, and 6 Pro) phones today in what should be one of — if not — the last Android 12 updates before the next major version of Google’s OS launches.

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Android 12 Stories June 27

Google’s 2018 flagship phones received their last guaranteed update in October 2021, but there was one more release this February. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL were surprisingly updated today with VoLTE roaming support.

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Android 12 Stories June 9

Android 12 QPR3 bug sees widgets frequently go blank and reload after Pixel screen rotation

After three months of beta testing, Android 12 QPR3 hit stable on Monday and is now more widely rolling out to Pixel phones. That said, one small bug with Android 12 QPR3 sees widgets often reload when you return to the homescreen following a rotation change.

Android 12 Stories June 7

Today marks the last guaranteed update for Google’s midrange phones from 2019 following its launch three years ago at I/O. However, similar to past generations, Google will be releasing one last update for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

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Android 12 Stories June 6

With the launch of QPR3 and the June Pixel Feature Drop today, the Android 12 Beta Program is ending with users not needing to take any further action.

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In addition to bringing Android 12 QPR3 and the quarterly Feature Drop, the June security patch fixes 35 issues for the Pixel 4 to Pixel 6 Pro.

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After three months of testing, Android 12 QPR3 with the June security patch is rolling out today for the Pixel 4/XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google is rolling out the Pixel’s eleventh Feature Drop this June with Android 12 QPR3. It’s available for the Pixel 4/XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro from today onwards.

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Android 12 Stories May 20

Google has updated its chart showing the percentage of Android devices running various versions of the OS, but there are still no details about Android 12’s adoption rate.

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Android 12 Stories May 18

Google now accepting Android 13 Beta 2 and 12 QPR3 Beta 3 feedback

Google is now taking feedback for Android 13 Beta 2 a week after its launch at I/O 2022. At the same time, the Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3 survey is also available.

Google has received a prestigious iF Gold Design Award for the implementation of Material You and Dynamic Color within Android 12.

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Android 12 Stories May 17

Pixel Launcher app search is broken on Android 12 for some

Ahead of going stable next month, Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3 has a curious Pixel Launcher bug that breaks the ability to search for apps installed on your device. 

Android 12 Stories May 16

Android 12 is now available for the Asus ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro

The rollout of Android 12 has been swift on some devices, and relatively slow on others. But right on schedule, Asus just released its Android 12 update for the ZenFone 7 series.

The stable OxygenOS 12 update complete with Android 12 is now rolling out for the first-generation OnePlus Nord.

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Android 12 Stories May 5

The March Feature Drop introduced a system battery widget on Pixel, but it’s not the easiest homescreen object for people to add. To address that, Android 12 QPR3 makes it easier to find the “Battery” widget.

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Android 12 Stories May 4

In what should be the final preview before the public launch next month, Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3 is now rolling out to Pixel phones.

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Android 12 Stories May 3

For the first time (in the modern era), there are two active Android Beta Programs, as well as the stable channel. Google explained today why there’s occasionally no Android 12 QPR3 or Android 13 Beta OTA immediately after signing-up your Pixel.

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The security world has been abuzz about a new Linux exploit called “Dirty Pipe,” which also affects Android 12 devices like Galaxy S22 and Pixel 6. Here’s everything you need to know about “Dirty Pipe,” which devices it affects, and how best to avoid it.

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Android 12 Stories May 2

The Android 12 May security patch is rolling out to the Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro today. This should be the last update for 2019’s budget phones.

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Like last month, the May security update is rolling out for the Pixel 6 series on the same day as all other supported Google devices.

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Android 12 Stories April 22

LG V60 ThinQ is getting its Android 12 update now

LG is living up to its promise of ensuring its final batch of Android phones continue to get the updates they’re deserved, and now another one is rolling out. This week, the LG V60 ThinQ picked up its Android 12 update in the US.

Android 12 Stories April 21

Turn off weather notifications on the Google Pixel

Space in your notification tray is generally pretty valuable, so if one or two notifications are constantly around, it can feel clogged up and inefficient. That’s what Google’s weather notifications can feel like on your Pixel. So how do you disable them? Well, there are a couple of ways.

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Android 12 Stories April 15

While LG is done with smartphones, the company is fulfilling its promise of still supporting existing models. Now, the LG Velvet is getting its Android 12 update.

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Android 12 Stories April 13

Google is now asking for feedback on Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 from Pixel owners that installed the latest preview last week.

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Android 12 Stories April 8

The first-generation OnePlus Nord is now finally starting to see Android 12, but, at least for now, it’s in the form of OxygenOS Open Beta 1.

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Android 12 Stories April 7

Following the launch of the April security patch to stable Pixel users, Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 is now available.

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Android 12 Stories April 4

Following last month’s two-week gap, the April’s security update is rolling out for the Pixel 6 on the same day as all other supported Google devices.

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Following last month’s launch of 12L, Android 12’s April security patch is rolling out to the Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro today. It comes as Android 12 QPR3 is in beta and Android 13 is set to follow this month.

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Despite the company having been absent from the smartphone market for a full year now, LG isn’t done supporting its existing devices. This week, the company posted a new roadmap that confirms Android 12 updates for the LG V50 and more, but oddly not the LG Wing.

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Android 12 Stories March 31

After releasing Android 12 QPR3 Beta 1 at the start of this month and following up with Beta 1.1 for the Pixel 6 line last week, Google is now asking for feedback.

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After a very extended wait, OxygenOS 12 with Android 12 is now rolling out for the T-Mobile versions of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in the US.

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Android 12 Stories March 30

Google introduced a new pattern earlier this month with a beta program for the upcoming June Feature Drop for Pixel devices, and it seems that the update had some useful changes behind the scenes. Pixel 6 now supports “Direct USB Access,” which opens the door to better DAC support.

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