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Android 12's source code was pushed out on October 4th, but disappointingly, it won't arrive on Pixel phones just yet. Here's what you need to know about revised timetables, new features, when the beta will come to non-Google phones, and everything else you need to know.
The Android 12 beta isn't just limited to Pixels; the build is making its way to the latest devices from Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO, Vivo, Realme, and others. The third-party Android 12 beta counts 11 manufacturers in total, so if you're interested in taking a look at Android 12 and don't have a Pixel, you're in luck.
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.
Matter is designed to solve the smart home with a new standard that all smart homes can operate on. Google is bringing Matter compatibility to its Android and Nest ecosystems to make pairing and controlling smart home devices as easy as plugging in a USB drive.
RSS used to be all the rage when it came to following your favorite websites, and Chrome is returning it for a new Chrome Canary experiment for Android. Maybe this is the first step to reviving Google Reader, but in the meantime, it'll be a fun experiment to watch.
Google has announced a 3D video chat system called “Project Starline,” which promises to create the experience of talking face to face with someone using specialized and advanced machine learning models.
While Samsung Galaxy smartwatches have been some of the best on the market, the software has held them back in some respects. Now that Google and Samsung are teaming up on Wear OS, that may finally be a thing of the past and I couldn't be more excited.
Google's Wear has largely looked the same, visually, for years now. Finally, Google has shown off some of the visual changes that are on the way, along with a revamped launcher and the addition of a task switcher.