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Android 12 Developer Preview, from better emergency calls to redesign alerts

Preview of the Android 12 developer is out, and the internet is keen to pore it to find new features or hints about the future of the operating system. So far, some interesting things have been discovered, such as an Emergency SOS feature, some redesign and other useful, if less, finds:

As pointed out by Android Police, The Emergency SOS feature is also much easier to access now. Before, you were required to hold down the power button, press the emergency button, and then press the Call 911 button twice. In Android 12, however, it can be activated by quickly pressing the power button five times, which will trigger a countdown that tells you that an emergency call is about to be made.

Android Police notes that by default it dials 91

1. You can set it to dial another number, but if the number is not a government-operated emergency number, the phone must be unlocked for the call to proceed.

The process of accessing the emergency call feature in Android 11.
Screenshots: Sean Hollister / The Verge

Android 12 Developer Emergency Call Interface Preview.
Picture: Android Police

There has been some minor redesign of the search box in the Settings app and the lock screen and media player, but Mishaal Rahman found a feature flag that “dramatically” changes the settings interface to make it easier to use one-handed.

9to5Google have also found that some screens in the settings app have a blue background. There is speculation that it may be part of a rumored theme system, but at the moment it seems very unfinished.

Picture: 9to5Google

Of course, alerts have also got a new design, too 9to5Google to note that there is a dedicated snooze button now, and the icon bubbles are now much larger. This seems to reduce the density of notifications, but it’s still very early days for Android 12, so it’s possible that changes can be made or swaps can be added to control whether you want to see the larger app icon.

The appicon bubbles are now larger.
Picture: 9to5Google

There are also a few features that are hinted at, or even have settings present, but that do not currently work or are not enabled, including:

Given the early state of developer preview, it is not really meant for daily use on your headphones. And as with any beta, these features and designs can be changed in new releases. Still, it’s an exciting glimpse of the future of Android, and the features Google is adding to an already feature-packed mature OS.

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