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Android 12 Beta 5: ‘Nearby Share’ Gets a Minor Redesign and Other Features


Android 12 Beta has introduced a handful of changes since it was first released. Now, users on Beta 5 are finding an “Everyone” option for Nearby Share. Additionally, the Quick Settings pane for Nearby Sharing is getting a redesign accompanied by support for multi-device sharing.

9to5Google notes that tapping the Nearby Share tile from Quick Settings opens a shorter panel with “Device visibility” settings. By comparison, Android 11 opens a larger panel to identify devices near you. The “Hidden” option remains unchanged, while the option in the middle is changed to just “Contacts” from “All contacts.”

The “Some contacts” option has been removed altogether from the new panel. The option marked as “Everyone” is pretty self-explanatory and allows you to share files with anyone nearby.

This update to Nearby Sharing also lets you share files with multiple devices

The Everyone option also has two modes which can be toggled from the Device visibility settings. The first mode allows you to enable the Everyone option temporarily while it reverts to Hidden after a few minutes. The second option basically keeps Everyone mode on at all times.

Lastly, Nearby Share now allows sending files to multiple devices using the “tap to share with more people” option. These new additions should appear on your device, provided it’s running Android 12 Beta 5.

Google introduced a bevy of changes to the stock Clock app with Android 12 Beta 5 recently. The new Beta 5 also supports the Pixel 5a, while previous versions didn’t. While there are still some bugs to fix before the stable release, Google is encouraging developers to get their apps in line with Android 12.

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The brand-new Android version brings much-needed improvements over Android 11 coupled with some attractive new features. Prominent among these is the reimagined Material You design principle, which in Google’s words is “a radical new way to think about design.”

There’s also a new Privacy Dashboard coming with Android 12. This aspect aims to simplify app permissions by letting users know which apps access data such as location, camera, and microphone​. It can also tell you how often an app has accessed them over the last 24 hours​.

Another minor addition is a new indicator on the top right of your screen whenever an app accesses the camera or microphone.  The icon will turn green when apps use the camera and orange when an app uses the mic.

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