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Last September, Google confirmed that it will be making changes with the upcoming Android version to allow users to use other app stores on their phones without compromising the safety measures of the Android operating system. However, the company had not revealed what changes they were going to make to Android.

In a recent development, the search engine giant confirmed that the upcoming Android 12 will let you easily use third-party and alternative app stores to update applications on your device, reveals developer documentation.

To enable this functionality, Google has updated the PackageInstaller.SessionParams class by a new program called setRequireUserAction. This method indicates whether user actions should be performed before allowing the app to be installed.

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By default, this is true for any application with REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES permission before launching any application to sideload it to an application outside of Google Play or any pre-installed application store installation session on the device.

Our folks at XDADevelopers explained that user action won’t be required for an app install/update if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The installer opts into the new behavior.
  • The app that’s being installed targets API level 29 (Android 10) or higher. (Google notes that the target API level requirement will advance in future Android versions, a policy that’s in line with Google Play policy on API target requirement.)
  • The installer is either updating itself or installing an update to an app it first installed.
  • The installer declares the UPDATE_PACKAGES_WITHOUT_USER_ACTION permission.

Therefore, when the app store tries to start an installation session and use this new API, it should be possible to update without the user manually accepting the update. This will make batch updates of apps faster and make the experience more in line with the Google Play Store.

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Android 12

LineageOS 19.0 brings Android 12 to the Galaxy S10, sorry Samsung One UI 4!

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Samsung is likely to release the stable Android 12 update for the Galaxy devices later this year. However, the first batch of devices will include the most recent flagships, the Galaxy S10 users might have to wait until early next year for the One UI 4.0 based on Android 12 update.

Meanwhile, you can still get the novelties of Google’s Android 12 operating system on your Galaxy S10 series smartphone thanks to XDA member for bringing an early LineageOS 19.0 build. If you have a good command of manual ROM flashing, you can try out the method to get Android 12 months ahead of the official release.

Get Android 12-based LineageOS 19.0 for Galaxy S10 [Exynos]

  • Codename
    • Galaxy S10e – beyond0lte
    • Galaxy S10 – beyond1lte
    • Galaxy S10 Plus – beyond2lte
    • Galaxy S10 5G – beyondx
  • Download Link – Android 12 (LineageOS 19.0) [Google Drive]

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It’s worth mentioning that the LineageOS 19.0 build based on Android 12 didn’t destroy the Galaxy S10’s key functionalities such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, fingerprint reader, sound, cameras and others (including Magisk) are all reportedly working fine.

Note: VoLTE and VoWiFi features are no longer working with the initial LineageOS 19.0 build.

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Aside from this, the report says that the early build also brings support for Android 12’s monet (wallpaper-based theming system). For those unaware, the theming system creates color palettes based on the dominant color scheme of your wallpaper and applies them to Quick Settings tiles, lock screen, Settings, pop-ups, and apps.

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One UI 4 Beta ‘Bugs and Issues’ Tracker for Samsung Android 12 Update

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Back in late August, Samsung announced the One UI 4 Beta program based on Android 12 for the Galaxy S21 series smartphone users in South Korea, followed by the US, Germany, India and the UK.

One UI Beta program is an opportunity for the Galaxy smartphone users, which lets them taste the flavor of the newest Android OS and One UI skin first, months ahead of stable release.

Along with the One UI 4 Beta announcement, Samsung confirmed that the stable Android 12 update will start releasing to the Galaxy handsets later this year, however, Google, later on, reconfirmed the arrival.

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However, the One UI 4 Beta program is currently exclusive for the Galaxy S21 users, it will be expanded to more Galaxies such as the latest Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 as well as the Galaxy Note 20 series smartphones.

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Meanwhile, the One UI Beta program participants also facing issues while using the early release, obviously, it contains not only new features but, there are also some bugs and issues that reduced the user experience.

In this story, we will track all the One UI 4 Beta based on Android 12 issues and bugs, at the same time, we will also put the temporary fix and official acknowledgments by the company on various users reports.

One UI 4 Beta Bugs and Issues

October 15, 2021 – Galaxy S21 overheating on Camera uses

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With the stable Android 11 One UI 3.1.1 build, the device had no overheating issue at all, while it seems, the latest Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta making it hot, mostly during the Camera uses, which needs to be fixed with Beta 3. Read more

October 11, 2021 – Galaxy S21 Wi-Fi router crashing

Samsung Galaxy S21 on One UI 4 Beta 2 has router crashing issue, fix here! Read more

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Android 12 Features: Google’s biggest and radical design update in years!

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Update: Google officially launched Android 12 on October 4, 2021. Read more

On May 18, 2021, Google introduced the twelfth major generation of its mobile operating system, Android 12. Unlike every version, the company has made countless noticeable changes with this version such as new design, bubbly buttons, shifting colors, smoother animations, and much more.

At the same time, Sameer Samat, VP of product management, Android and Google Play revealed that it is “the biggest design change in Android’s history.”

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No doubt, Android has always been about personalization and allowing you to select the device, service, and experience that’s right for you from the beginning. Google’s mobile phone operating system has grown to over 3 billion active devices around the world by providing an open ecosystem that gives you choice.

However, the public beta program of Android 12 has already begun for select smartphones from several companies except for Samsung, but we get to see the new feature directly from the company. Let’s start exploring them, in detail, one by one!

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A more personal experience

As Google official revealed during the I/O, Android 12 comes with the biggest design change in Android’s history. Starting the colors to the shape, light and motion, Google entirely revamped the experience. As result, Android 12 is more expressive, dynamic, and personal than ever before.

Personalization

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As always, every single change of the newer version of Android will be implemented on Google’s Pixel phones. At the conference, Google said that Pixel device owners will be able to completely personalize their phones with a custom color palette and redesigned widgets.

With the Android 12, you only have to choose your wallpaper and the system will automatically decide which colors are dominant, which ones just look great, and which ones are complementary. Later on, it applies those colors across the entire OS including notification shade, lock screen, volume controls, widgets, and much more.

Google did this work in deep collaboration between its software, hardware, and Material Design teams. Not that all, the company is unifying its software and hardware ecosystems under a single design language called Material You. The company confirmed that Material You comes first to Google Pixel this fall.

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Fluid motion and animations

Google has also simplified interactions and recrafted the entire underlying system to make user’s experience more fluid and efficient. With Android 12, your Android device will be faster and more responsive with better power efficiency so you can use your device for longer without a charge.

Redesigned system spaces

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Notification shade, quick settings and power button, are some of the most important spaces on your phone, which have impressively revamped in order to help you get things done.

The Notification Shade is more intuitive and playful, with a crisp, at-a-glance view of your app notifications, whatever you’re currently listening to or watching.

Quick Settings that allows you to control the entire operating system by just a swipe and a tap, is totally refreshed to include Google Pay and Home Controls. While it still lets you customize as per your own preference.

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Power Button will now allow users to access the Google Assistant by long-pressing on it, you can easily take the help of Assistant to make a phone call, ask questions, open apps, play songs, and many more.

Private and secure by design

Google’s latest Android 12 operating system brings new features, which presents more transparency around which apps are accessing your data, and more controls so you can make informed choices about how much private information your apps can access.

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Furthermore, the new Privacy Dashboard offers a single view into your permissions settings and what data is being accessed, how often and by which apps. Besides, it also enables you to easily revoke app permissions right from the dashboard.

According to Google, it has added a new indicator at the top right corner of the status bar that indicates users when an app is accessing the phone’s camera or microphone. While if you want to remove app access to these sensors for the entire system, Android 12 comes with two new toggles in Quick Settings.

Aside from this, Android 12 also highlights more control over how much information you share with apps. The search engine giant claimed that apps can be limited to seeing just your approximate location instead of a precise one with the new approximate location permissions.

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Additional Features

In addition to the above-mentioned features, Android 12 packs several useful features such as improved accessibility features for people with impaired vision, scrolling screenshots, conversation widgets that bring your favorite people to the home screen, and ways for all your devices to work better together.

What about stable Android 12?

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Last but not least, Google confirmed that there are more features coming later this year with the stable release of Android 12. However, the US tech giant has not announced the launch date of the stable Android 12, but it could happen somewhere in September this year.

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