Android fans have been anticipating the launch of Android 12 for a long time. Google always makes sure to bring new features and functionality that will help give you a better smartphone experience. Unfortunately, most people don’t have Android 12 yet, and many won’t get it at all.
But do not worry. If you are someone who wants to have the latest Android in your hands, here is a list of apps that will bring some features of Android 12 to your phone.
1. Privacy Dashboard
Android 12 brings you an all-new privacy dashboard that helps you manage your app permissions and view analytics, all in a sleek design.
The Dashboard lets you view an app’s permission usage through a microscopic lens; you can see the exact number of times an app has used certain permissions. You can even view the history of when and where an app used a selected permission.
Want to know when an app uses certain permissions? Android 12 causes your phone to alert you with a small popup indicating that an authorization is in use. This dashboard is a fantastic addition to Android which you can easily get from the Play Store.
A lookalike app, aptly named Privacy Dashboard, offers all the same functionality and an identical design. If you want to enjoy the privacy of Android 12, you can get it now.
To download: Privacy Dashboard (free in-app purchases available)
Android 12 introduced a new auto-rotate system that uses the front camera to monitor your head tilt and changes your screen orientation accordingly. Although this minor invention may bring convenience to Pixel users, there is an app that easily surpasses Google’s innovation for everyone.
Rotation lets you dictate exactly how you want your phone to spin. You can force an orientation on your apps and specify at what tilt angle your phone should rotate. You can set the conditions for your phone to rotate, for example, if you receive a call, your phone will automatically switch to portrait mode.
In fact, the app gives you full control over your phone’s rotation settings.
To download: Rotation (Free in-app purchases available)
3. Smart Slider
Another feature that Google introduced in Android 12 is a one-handed mode. Along with the smart search bar and scrolling screenshots, this is another highly requested feature that has long since been implemented on other smartphones.
One-handed mode in Android 12 is an accessibility option that allows you to reduce the size of your active screen, allowing you to use only a smaller area of your phone. Your screen will basically be squashed and brought back to the bottom half. While that’s one way to handle it, it’s not the best way.
Smart Cursor offers an alternative solution for people who want to use their phone with one hand. The app basically lets you control your phone with a mouse cursor.
You can set the bottom half of your screen as your active area, and the top area is controlled by the slider. The slider can be activated from the bottom area, and you can tap and drag anywhere, with the sliders mimicking your actions.
You can also customize the slider to your liking, changing its size, appearance, and how long it should remain visible. The app is free but a pro version exists which provides more advanced features such as more gestures and contextual actions, allowing you to set certain actions such as hold down to perform a custom function.
To download: Smart Slider (free in-app purchases available)
4. Long Shot
Google has finally brought scrolling screenshots to Android. One of the most requested features by users, it allows you to take an elongated screenshot by scrolling up and down on your phone. You can easily capture an entire webpage or a large portion of your social media feed with it.
LongShot is an alternative for those who don’t have Android 12. It’s a simple app to use, just take a screenshot and scroll when you want to stop it. Unlike Android version 12, LongShot also allows you to auto-scroll, so you don’t have to swipe your finger continuously. A great alternative for great functionality.
To download: LongShot (Free in-app purchases available)
Android 12 provides users with a search bar that allows them to easily search the web and their phone. No more going to your apps or settings to search for something, you can finally do it all from your home screen.
It’s a practical aspect that people ask Google to include. And like everything else on our list, there’s an app that can perform the same task and tops it when it comes to customization.
Sesame will bring you the same search functionality on your phone. The only difference is that Sesame brings much deeper results. Sesame results doesn’t stop at app and internet results, it will bring you contacts, calendar events and much more. If you want to search for something on your phone, Sesame will find it.
However, all this power comes with a certain downside. Sesame offers a full unlimited trial which means you can use all of its features for as long as you want. But when you’ve used it for two weeks, the app will ask you to pay every time you use a shortcut.
Although the pop-up can get annoying, its usefulness is easily worth the second of nuisance you will have to deal with.
To download: Sesame (Free, in-app purchases available)
Try Android 12 features today!
There is no doubt that Google puts a lot of effort into the design and optimization of Android. However, you also don’t need the latest software to enjoy the latest features on your smartphone. Many apps on this list offer more features than their Android counterparts.
Try to understand your needs and see what already exists to meet them. You will be surprised by the countless applications that can improve your smartphone.
We all want the latest version of Android, but what difference does it actually make if our phones don’t get it?
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