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Sony's Android 12 update includes a welcome change you'll probably never see – Android Police


Quick settings that are actually quick
Android 12 is Google's most significant transformation to its mobile operating system since Material Design first debuted in 2014. Unfortunately, not every change has been for the better. The quick settings menu got a new Internet tile, combining all of Android's various Wi-Fi and mobile data options into a single place. Of course, that requires additional taps not found in previous versions, forcing some users to push ADB commands to their phones to restore the previous layout. If you happen to have one of Sony's recent phones, you'll be glad to know its take on Android 12 undoes this change — though, it seems, not entirely on purpose.
The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III started getting their respective software updates a couple of weeks ago, with some eagle-eyed users over at the Xperia subreddit managing to spot a big improvement (via XDA Developers). Unlike Pixel devices, Sony's Android 12 update includes separate toggles for Wi-Fi and data, removing all extra steps for accessing internet-related settings. Unfortunately, this bonus comes at a cost — you'll have to factory reset your Xperia device to get it.
It turns out that, post-update, Xperia 1 III and 5 III devices both get the unified internet tile, but performing a factory restore seemingly separates them. There's a very real chance this is a bug and not an intended feature — after all, why would Sony require its users to reset their phones in order to get the tool they actually want? Thankfully, if you're savvy with ADB, you don't need to restore your device to its original settings. Check out our guide on restoring the original Wi-Fi and data tiles using two simple ADB commands.
Sony's Android 12 update has only landed on those two devices so far, but hopefully, Xperia users can get their hands on Google's newest software sooner rather than later.
Arol is a tech journalist and contributor at Android Police. He has also worked as a news/feature writer at XDA-Developers and Pixel Spot. Currently a Pharmacy student, Arol has had a soft spot for everything tech-related since he was a child. When not writing, you’ll either find him nose-deep into his textbooks or playing video games. Reach him at arol@androidpolice.com.


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