Android 12 reached platform stability with the fourth beta version, and Google has since released the final beta update for Pixel users. As we are only a couple of weeks away from the stable release, let’s take a look at one of the most anticipated Android 12 features, and it’s called Game Dashboard. This feature brings an in-game overlay to help you access useful tools like an FPS counter, screen recorder, and more while playing games on your Android smartphone. In this article, you will learn all about the Android 12 Game Board and how you can use it during gaming sessions.
Android 12 Game Board: Explained.
Game Dashboard is Google’s attempt to improve the gaming experience on Android. While certain gaming phones like the ROG Phone 5 have a floating toolbar with similar handy gaming features, Game Dashboard brings it to all Android 12 phones. With Game Dashboard, you can enjoy these tools without necessarily having to buy. a dedicated gaming phone.
What is Game Dashboard in Android 12?
Game Dashboard is an Android 12 feature that helps gamers Record your screen, stream the game live and stream on YouTube, take screenshots with one tap and see the FPS of the current game . You can also use Game Dashboard to view your Google Play achievements without opening the Play Games app. According to Google, Game Dashboard will be available on select Android 12 devices this year, with increased availability expected next year.
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Another key feature built into Game Dashboard is the ability to use performance profiles if your device supports them. In particular, Google has partnered with Samsung for the game mode APIs, with more OEMs to join later. If you have an Android 12 compatible device installed, you can choose between two game modes: performance mode to increase the frame rate or battery saver mode to extend your gaming session.
In case you are a developer, please refer to the game mode API documentation to implement game mode in your game or cancel game mode interventions.
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How to enable the game board in Android 12
- Open the Settings app and tap ‘Notifications’. Scroll down until you find the ‘Do not disturb’ optionin General Settings.
- From the Do Not Disturb settings page, select ‘Hours’and tap the gear icon next to ‘Games’.
- From here, make sure the game board toggle is enabled. You can also enable the ‘Do not disturb for games’ option for an uninterrupted gaming experience. Google notes that you will receive notifications from important people and apps while using this DND mode (which is similar to Focus mode in iOS 15).
And that is. You should now see the Game Board while playing your favorite Android games.
Manage the game board during gameplay
- To access the Game Board, open a game and tap the floating button in the corner of the screen. When you see a controller icon, tap it to open the Game Board on your Android 12 device. Please refer to the images below for reference:
2. You will now see that the Game Board overlay covers the entire screen. Here, you can enable or disable the ability to take screenshots, record gameplay, view an FPS counter, and toggle DND mode. You also have the option to turn on optimization if available, stream your game on YouTube (requires at least 1,000 subscribers), or view your game achievements.
Tea The game’s achievements feature has not started to roll out widely. for now, but when you do, you will see in-game achievements and leaderboards for games connected to Google Play Games.
3. To record your game, tap the Record button in the Game Board shortcut and wait for the recording confirmation screen to appear.
- In the screen recording pop-up window, you can choose to record audio or display keys on the screen. After adjusting the settings to your liking, press ‘Start’ to record your game.
- The other two options you see above and below the screen recorder icon are to take a screenshot and see the real-time FPS of the game you are playing.
Try the powerful Game Dashboard tools on Android 12
That’s all you need to know to use the Game Board on Android 12. If you’re curious about other key new features that Google has added with Android 12, check out our articles on the Android 12 Privacy Dashboard (available at any phone) and how to take scrolling screenshots on Android 12. So yeah, the next-gen Android 12 update is shaping up to be a feature-packed version, especially when you count the cool new Material You theme engine. What do you think about Android 12? Excited to try the Game Board? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.