Android 12 Beta 3 is here, finally brings scrolling screenshots to Pixels

Android 12 is close to platform stability.

What you need to know

  • Google releases the 3rd Android beta with a few notable features.
  • The update brings native scrolling screenshots and on-device search for app content.
  • Auto-rotate uses the camera to detect phone orientation more quickly.

Google has begun rolling out Android 12 Beta 3 as the upcoming update nears platform stability. While Beta 2 was all about introducing new privacy enhancements, Beta 3 focuses more on utility, bringing some highly requested features while improving on others.

Scrolling screenshots

The first major feature coming to the new beta is native scrolling screenshots. This is a feature long requested by many Android users on phones like the Google Pixel 5, while many of the best Android phones already have their own implementation.

When taking a screenshot, users will see a “Capture more” button to capture the full page, which can then be cropped to get just what you need.

Better, faster auto-rotate

Google is also making auto-rotate faster by using the front-facing camera to detect the orientation of the device. This should improve the experience “for people who are using their devices while lying down on a couch or in bed, for example.” The feature uses the new Private Compute Core so that images only live on-device and are never sent to Google.

Thanks to face detection and additional optimizations from Google, auto-rotate should be at least 25% faster than before. This feature will be available on Google smartphones from the Pixel 4 and newer.

Other Beta 3 features

Other features for Beta 3 include administrative access for enterprises to the camera and mic toggles introduced in Beta 2, privacy indicator APIs to adjust the position of the indicators when in fullscreen mode, and a new on-device search engine for apps that lets users easily pull up results for content from within apps or across their device.

Google is also highlighting its new focus on mobile gaming with recently announced features like Play as You Download and a new game dashboard, the latter of which is coming to select devices later this year.

Android 12 Beta 3 is available now on select Android phones participating in the beta program and can be installed via an OTA update. Beta 4 will bring Android 12 to platform stability, which means all APIs and app-facing system behaviors will be final. At this point, Developers won’t have to worry about additional platform changes that could affect their apps. This will roll out in August before the full, stable version of Android 12 is released sometime after.

Get Android 12 first

Google Pixel 5

$650 at Best Buy

The early-adopter phone

The Google Pixel 5 is one of the best value flagship smartphones. It has exceptional cameras, fast updates and is usually the first to gain the latest features arriving on Android. If you’re an early adopter, this phone will be the best choice to try Android 12 before most people.

Author: Derrek Lee

Source: Derrek Lee.” Android 12 Beta 3 is here, finally brings scrolling screenshots to Pixels”. Retrieved From https://www.androidcentral.com/android-12-beta-3-update-announce

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