Google I/O brought a tidal wave of new features and improved abilities to almost every silo of Google's services. While big changes were easy to spot this year, many smaller tweaks and additions could slip under the radar if you weren't paying attention. These Google I/O announcements are small victories that could make big impacts for millions of users.
After the Android 12 Beta was released for OnePlus devices, it was discovered that not unlocking your bootloader prior to installation would potentially brick your device. The download links have been removed from the OnePlus Forums, but users will have to use a specific unbricking tool in order to get their phone back to Android 11 and in working order.
LaMDA uses research to ensure that when you ask Google Assistant a question, Google will be able to respond in a more conversational method. You'll be able to have a free-flowing conversation on any topic now.
Android 12 will let users pick between precise or approximate location when giving access to developers. Users will also be able to decide if they want to shut off camera and mic access to developers. These changes are good, but some experts don't know how giving the option to change the type of location will be effective.
Android's biggest visual overhaul in half a decade has finally arrived, and with the care and dedication shown to this upgrade by both the Android and Material Design teams, I'm certain it will be a hit with users of all kinds.
Android 12 looks kind of bad, but don't worry. It's not going to look this way on your phone unless you bought a Pixel. For the rest of us, Samsung, OnePlus, and other manufacturers will give Android 12's visual overhaul the polishing it needs.
Earlier this week, Google dropped the third and final Developer Preview build for Android 12, signaling the beginning of a more stable beta program to come next month. This build brings a number of under-the-hood improvements, but it also introduces new visual enhancements, as well as improvements to accessibility mode and default link behaviors.
Notifications have always been one of Android's strong points and Google never stops working on making them better. Android 12's new conversation class is the next big thing when it comes to keeping up to date.