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4 apps that will help you get these Android 12 features your smartphone right now

4 apps that will help you get these Android 12 features your smartphone right now

4 apps that will help you get these Android 12 features your smartphone right now

Android 12, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system Android is now available for download on compatible smartphones. The new OS features notable design changes along with privacy updates. It also gets a few exclusive features that are currently available on Pixel smartphones only as they are the only devices to get a stable Android 12 update till now. Although the company claims that the features are limited to new OS only, you can still get a few of these features in any Android smartphone. Here is a list of five Android 12 features that you can get in your Android device by using these apps.

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Privacy Dashboard: Works with Privacy Dashboard app

One of the key privacy features that Google introduced with Android 12 is the Privacy Dashboard. This tool tells users how the apps on their smartphone are accessing the sensitive information. It also helps users to limit the amount of information shared with certain apps. The feature is integrated with the Android 12, however, you can still use it by installing the Privacy Dashboard application on your smartphone. The application is almost identical to the original feature and is available to download for free from Google Play Store.

The app requires a couple of permissions to manage the information shared with other apps. The code of Privacy Dashboard app is open sourced so anyone can access how it works.

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Smart Auto Rotate: Works with Rotation Orientation Manager app

Android 12 also brought in an improved auto-rotate system. The operating system uses the front-facing camera on the smartphone to identify which way the user’s head is tilted at any given time. It then matches the orientation of the screen according to the user. As of now the feature is only limited to Pixel phones only.

Most of the time users keep their phone in portrait orientation only and change it only while using a camera or a video streaming app. With the Rotation Orientation Manager app, users can program when the screen will and will not rotate. It helps users to skip steps to turn on and turn off auto-rotation while using certain apps.

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Smart Search: Works with Sesame app

The search bar at the home screen of devices that run on Android 12 offers smarter search as it goes through the web and the phone to offer better search results. You can get the similar feature in other Android smartphones by installing the Sesame app.

Once you install the app on your smartphone, you can place the app’s widget on your home screen. When you start typing in the search box in the widget, it will show results from the apps on your phone and with one tap you can see results from the web.

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Privacy Indicators: Works with Privacy Dashboard app

Android 12 also has an Apple-inspired privacy feature called Privacy Indicators. The feature shows a pop-up at the top of the screen whenever any application is using the camera, microphone or location. You can get the similar features on any Android smartphone by using the same Privacy Dashboard app as mentioned above.

You can turn on the feature and customise the indicators as per your choice through the app settings.

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One Hand Mode: Works with Smart Cursor app

Google’s new operating system also gets a one handed mode that shrinks down the active area of the screen for better reach. As the name suggests, the feature is useful for people who like to use their smartphone with one hand.

The feature is offered by most of the Android smartphone manufacturers and if you don’t have it on your device, you can get it by installing the Smart Cursor app. The app doesn’t shrink the active area but it offers a floating cursor that helps you to tap areas that are difficult to reach while holding the phone with one hand.

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