Android 12, the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, is packed with under-the-hood improvements and new features.  Here are 12 of the most important.

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10 Hidden Features of Android 12

1. Automatic camera mode

The Google Pixel 3’s Google Lens feature can identify products in photos and videos automatically.

This automatic mode can be accessed by tapping the Google Lens icon on the camera screen. It works like this: You take a photo or video of a product, Google Lens then automatically identifies the object and sends the results to your Google Photos account. You can then access the results, share them with your friends, and even add them to a shopping list.

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The feature is already on Android 12. But it’s only available on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, and only for the U.S. market.

2. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controls on the lock screen

If you’re at home and want to connect to your router, you can now do it from the lock screen. You just need to swipe down from the top of the screen, tap Wi-Fi, and select your Wi-Fi network.

If you’re at work and want to connect to your company’s network, you can also do that from the lock screen. Just tap Bluetooth, tap the name of your Bluetooth-enabled device, and select it. You can also connect to the device directly, but you’ll need to enter your password or PIN.

3. New Settings for Connected Car

The Android 12 update brings a new settings option called Connected Car.

Connected Car lets you control connected cars and devices from your Android phone or tablet.  You can connect your car to Android via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and you can remotely start the engine, unlock the doors, and adjust the climate control.

4. New App features for digital wellness

You can now see your heart rate from your Android phone, thanks to a new Google app called Digital Wellness.

It’s designed to help you stay fit and healthy, but it’s also useful for anyone who wants to keep an eye on their health.  You can use it to track your steps, your sleep, your heart rate, and other vital signs. You can even use it to create a daily health summary, and then share that summary with your doctor or healthcare provider.

5. New Notes and Quick Reply for SMS and iMessage

Android 12 introduces a new Quick Reply feature for iMessage and SMS messages.

When you receive an iMessage or SMS from a contact, you can now reply directly from the notification card. Just tap the reply button, and you’ll see a quick reply option. You can also set up a quick reply that will appear on the notification card when you receive a message from that person.

6. New Phone Features for Accessibility

Android 12 has a new phone accessibility feature that’s designed to help people with visual impairments.

You can now tap the mic button to access voice-to-text services, such as Google Translate. You can also tap the volume controls to change the volume.

7. Improved camera quality for the Google Pixel

Android 12 includes a new Google Camera app for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2  phones.

The app lets you choose from a number of advanced camera modes, including Depth Effect, Night Sight, and Portrait Mode. You can also take self-portraits, change the aspect ratio, and even control the exposure.

8. Better Search suggestions

Android 12 includes a new search feature that surfaces useful information from the internet, such as Wikipedia articles.

You can now search for information using keywords and phrases.  For example, if you’re looking for information about a particular product, you can just type the product name.

9. Improved Calendar

Android 12 includes a new Google Calendar app.

The app has a new interface that makes it easier to navigate and to create new events. You can now use voice commands to search for an event and to add it to your calendar. You can also share your calendar with other people, so they can see your events, too.

10. New emoji

Android 12 includes a new set of emojis, designed to reflect the diversity of our global community.

These emoji include people from a range of cultures, including black and brown people, and other groups. Android 12 introduces a new way to save data for offline use. Apps can now access data stored in the background, which means that they can continue to work even when the phone is offline.

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