Android 12 Beta 3 arrives with scrolling screenshots and a few other changes


If you’ve been impatiently awaiting the arrival of the latest Android 12 beta, the wait is finally over. Google has released Android 12 Beta 3, as we get closer and closer to the final launch, expected in September. So what’s new in the latest beta? Well, one of the most requested features that Android users have been asking for — Scrolling Screenshots.

Scrolling screenshots

You can ditch using third-party solutions, as Google has integrated scrolling screenshots natively into Android 12 Beta 3. This is a feature that we’ve seen in past beta releases for previous Android versions, along with being made available through skins like One UI and OxygenOS.

With the latest update, a new “Capture more” button will appear in the bottom right corner. Tapping it will extend the screenshot as far as it can possibly go. Then, you’ll be able to just crop, edit, or mark up the screenshot before saving it or sending it off.

On-device search

Another new feature in Beta 3 is on-device search. Google has introduced a “high-performance on-device search engine”. This essentially allows you to search for results from within other applications, or on the device itself. We’ll have to play around with this more, but the APIs have been introduced so developers can start integrating them.

Auto-rotate improvements

In an effort to improve the speed of your Android 12 device, Google has also introduced faster auto-rotate. Instead of only relying on the accelerometer in your phone, Android 12 will now also make use of the front-facing camera. This will be used to detect the orientation of the device, and uses Google’s “Private Compute Core”.

By making use of the PCC, your phone will rotate up to 25% faster, while also improving the experience for those who use their phones on a couch or in bed. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available across all Android 12-compatible Pixel phones, as it’s only found on the Pixel 4 or newer.

Game Mode API

Earlier in the week, Google detailed some of the changes coming to Android 12 designed with mobile gamers in mind. With Beta 3, the new Game Mode APIs are being made available, allowing developers to “optimize gameplay by prioritizing characteristics, such as performance or battery life based on users settings or game specific configurations.”

Download Android 12 Beta 3 now

Android 12 Beta 3 is beginning to roll out via an OTA update, but Google has already published the Factory Image if you would prefer to flash it yourself. Here’s the information about today’s build:

Release date: July 14, 2021
Build: SPB3.210618.013
Emulator support: x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security patch level: July 2021
Google Play services: 21.24.13

If you have been holding off on installing Android 12, you can still join the Android 12 Beta Program with compatible devices. But as always, we recommend not installing the beta on your primary device, as there are bugs and issues that may crop up affecting the day-to-day performance.


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