Android 12 Beta 2: Hands-on with yet more new features [Video]

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Android 12 Beta 2 may have come early, but it comes pre-packed with even more features that you can get to grips with right now.
Android 12 Beta 2 may have come early, but it comes pre-packed with features that you can get to grips with right now – so long as you're running the latest build that is.

We've showcased what we consider the biggest or top features in Android 12 Beta 2, so go check that out before scouring this latest list of things we either didn't think quite made the cut or actually missed in our first rundown.

Video — Hands-on with yet more Android 12 Beta 2 features!

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Double-tap gesture

Although the feature has been in the works for over a year at this stage and wasn't working in previous betas, the double-tap gesture is now live and working in Android 12 Beta 2. Tapping the back of your phone will perform a custom action.

You can customize the double-tap to do things like take a screenshot, launch the Google Assistant, play or pause any currently playing media, access the Recent Apps menu, expand the notification shade or launch an app on your device. At the moment, only those with a Pixel 5 appear to be able to activate the gesture, but there are reports that some Pixel 4a 5G owners have been able to activate it too.

It's also worth noting that you can use the double-tap gesture system-wide, but it won't work when viewing the Settings menu, and some apps won't launch when "Require Stronger Taps" is active.

Conversations widgets live for some

One of the "flagship" features of Android 12 is widgets, and the start of that is the neat "Conversations" widget that lets you jump into a message thread from the homescreen. In Android 12 Beta 2, the widget is live for some people but disappointingly not for…
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