Google has released the fifth and final public beta of Android 12 for supported Pixel devices. This is a release candidate and is also the first beta that can be installed on the recently released Pixel 5a.
If you own this smartphone and want to run the fifth beta of Android 12 on it, you just need to register it with the Android Beta program by following this link. Once you do, you will receive the Android 12 Beta 5 over-the-air update.
If you’ve already participated in the beta, you should have an over-the-air update available. If you haven’t received the notification yet, go to Settings> System> System Update and check manually. You may have to double-click the Check for Updates button, but you should get it.
The build number is SPB5.210812.002 and the size of the update depends on which device you are using. With the release of Beta 4 last month, Android 12 has already reached a near stable state. The fifth beta version contains “the latest fixes and optimizations”.
The official release of the final version of Android 12, according to Google, will take place “in just a few weeks.”
What’s next for Android 12.1? There was a lot of information about features and changes
Despite the fact that Android 12 is still available only in the form of beta versions, and the final version will be released in early October, the web is already talking about the next iteration. But not about Android 13, but about the intermediate version – Android 12.1.
We first learned about it a week ago, now we have more information. According to her, probably, Android 12.1 is needed to improve the system and interface on flexible smartphones with large screens. We will remind, now there are rumors that the Google Pixel Fold is preparing for the release.
So what’s next for Android 12.1? XDA has already discovered a number of new features and changes. For example, a lock screen with an adjustable size, split the lock screen into two areas, a redesigned taskbar, a pin-code input field on the lock bar shifted to the side for easier one-handed input, simultaneous display of the quick settings panel and notifications, an improved split screen function, the ability to drag a pop-up notification into a full-fledged application right away in split screen mode, and more.
On the source site you can watch short videos of how it works now. Of course, in the final version, all this will work better and more accurately.
Launch of the tiny Logitech MX Keys Mini keyboard with Windows, Android, ChromeOS, Linux, iOS and iPadOS support
Logitech introduced the MX Keys Mini wireless keyboard, which is a smaller version of the keyboard.
The MX Keys Mini does not include a numeric keypad or other full-size keyboard benefits, but retains the Perfect Stroke system, which combines non-mechanical switches with raised keys to improve typing accuracy. There are even a few new features not found on the large keyboard, including a dictation key for Mac and Windows PCs, a microphone mute switch, and an emoji key.
MX Keys Mini also supports Android, ChromeOS, Linux, iOS and iPadOS via Bluetooth or USB receiver with up to three devices pairing. Charging is carried out via the USB-C connector.
The MX Keys Mini is available for $ 100 in charcoal gray, pink and silver.
Old Google Chrome extensions will stop working. At the beginning of 2023, the browser completely switches to the Manifest V3 platform
Google has decided to improve the situation with extensions for the Chrome browser. To do this, the company previously introduced Manifest V3 – a new platform for extensions.
As it became known, the existing extensions created on the Manifest V2 platform will work for a little over a year. On January 17, 2022, developers will no longer be able to post new Manifest V2 extensions to the Chrome app store, and in January 2023, such extensions will simply stop working. That is, the year of expansion on the Manifest V2 and V3 platforms will exist in parallel. At the same time, old extensions will not work, even if you install them from a third-party source.
One of the problems that developers initially faced with the appearance of Manifest V3 was the new Declarative Net Request API. The bottom line is that almost all ad blockers rely on the Web Request API and cannot work with the new set of tools. However, Google has already listened to the public with a number of changes.
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