Little by little, Google is advancing in the development of Android 12. After a few weeks, we have reached what will be the last of the major versions for developers, the Developer Preview 3.
If all goes well, Google will launch the first of four beta versions scheduled for next month. Of course, as happened with the DP2, we might see a minor update in the form of DP3.1 or similar.
How to install Android 12 DP3
If you used any of the previous versions of Android 12, the update will arrive in the form of OTA. If you want to install it now, you just need to install the corresponding firmware:
As we already told you in the previous RFP, the procedure is simpler than on previous occasions.
Changes in version 3 of Android 12 Developer Preview
There are several new features that we see in this version of Android, many of them aesthetic, something normal since in the betas we usually have the already official functions, although they are not as fine as we would like. .
New settings menu
In previous versions of Android 12, we told you that there was a feature that enabled a hidden interface of Android 12, similar to One UI. In the DP3 this interface is already active by default and shows us what pure Android will look like from now on.
Plus, the animations are more animated, worth the redundancy, and everything feels smoother and more curvy.
Battery and memory settings changes
As you can see in the picture, if we go into the Android 12 battery settings, we will see that the typical battery with the percentage has been replaced by some kind of progress bar.
The same happens with the interface that shows us how much data we can store in the internal memory of our smartphone.
More rounded design
Another fairly noticeable change is that offered by the interface, with elements with rounded corners in the volume windows or the inclusion of elements on the desks. It’s quite reminiscent of One UI, Samsung’s interface. This is not surprising given that, as we said before, the settings interface itself looks like Samsung’s.
As we told you a few days ago, Google has implemented a hibernation system for the applications that we use the least, so that they do not emit notifications. Temporary data will also be erased, freeing up space on the device.
Of course, this function is not yet active by default, we have to do it manually if we want to.
Search in the Widgets section
Another of the features we were waiting for was being able to search in the Widgets section, on the desktops. Finally, we can do it, and with a few touches we can see the available Wigdgets of a specific application.
Application startup screens
From now on, all applications will have a home screen with its icon in the center and the background color chosen by the developer. In the top GIF, you can see what Netflix or Chrome looks like.
These are the main changes, although there are others like the possibility of having a 4 × 4 application grid on the desktop, the renaming of some functions related to Wi-Fi, new sources for editing screenshots etc.
In a few weeks we will test the first beta and make a video again. In the meantime, we invite you to watch the one for Developer Preview 1.
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