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Photo: JOCA_PH (Shutterstock) The full version of Android 12 dropped last week for Pixel devices , and we’ve spent the last few days testing out the OS, getting familiar with its new interface, features, and settings. It’s not a huge deviation from Android 11, but there are several changes and new features worth talking about. A new look and feel thanks to the new Material You design Let’s start with the most obvious change in Android 12: the new theme. Android 12’s “Material You” has an all-new look, with bigger icons, rounded menus and windows, and smoother animations than Android 11. It also reshuffles the layout and embeds new features directly into the core user interface. Here are some highlights: Image: Google Custom Themes: The Material You redesign lets users create custom themes. Go to Settings > Wallpaper & style to change your phone’s wallpaper and adjust the color of your phone’s fonts, menus, widgets, and icons. New Widgets and conversation pinning: Speaking of widgets, Android 12 adds several new widgets, including the ability to pin a text conversation to the home screen for easy access. Long-tap a blank space on the home screen then select “Widgets” to open the menu. On-device search. The Google Search bar can now search files, folders, contacts, text conversations, and apps on your phone. Better Quick Settings, notifications, and shortcuts Along with big changes to Android 12’s UI overall, Google redesigned and reorganized the Quick Settings menu and notifications drawer with several new […]