March 18, 2021 By Angelina Eillott Category: Mobile Web Application

Android is the world’s most popular Smartphone operating system and runs on billions of smartphones all over. As a result, even the slightest changes to the operating system can affect millions of users. But the way Android Development updates are delivered, it’s questionable whether these changes make a difference or not. Despite that, there’s a big Android update coming that will bring a meaningful change. Google released the first developer preview of Android 12 in February to empower developers to work on apps around it. By the way, Android 12 Developer Preview 1 is now available and brings a lot of improvements. The preview gives us an idea of ​​what to expect from the next OS. Google has revealed that Android 12’s features will include a revamped user interface, a new notification system, scrolling screenshots, improved privacy features, and more. Android 12 Developer Preview 1 is now available for download on Google Pixel smartphones.
Here’s a first look at the Android 12 release date in India, features, wallpaper, and approved devices, among other things.

Android 12 Release Date

The release date of Android 12 is per-determined at the end of the year in September. Google has also said that Android 12 might get released in Developer Preview 1, 2 and 3 until mid-April for app developers. Beta programs will follow (Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3 and Beta 4), which even the regular user can download. The final stable version of Android 12 is awaited for launch in September, although the company has yet to confirm this.

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Android 12 Features: Developer Preview

1. Multimedia transcoding

Android 12 Developer Preview 2 introduces advanced multimedia transcoding that helps the application work with the latest video formats such as HEVC and AVIF. Also, this function automatically transcodes the file into a widely supported format.

2. Updated user interface

Its user interface also has a new look. “In this initial preview, you’ll see changes from the drawer and from the controls to the templates themselves,” Google said on its blog. The company has also tweaked transitions and animations throughout the system to make them smoother. As part of the updates, apps targeting Android 12 will have notifications decorated with customized content with icons and will expand the possibilities to match all other alerts.

3. New unified API

The Android 12 characteristic allows applications to accept content from sources such as clipboard, keyboard or drag and drop. It will make it easier for users to copy and paste content, such as images and videos, into applications.

4. Optimized for tablets, televisions and foldable phones

Google is expanding support for Android 12 to large-screen devices like foldable, tablets, and TVs. The first preview of Android 12 for Android TV is also available, but we recommend not installing it on your device if you are not a developer.

5. Wallpaper based themes

Wallpapers are said to change the colour of system elements to make them more uniform. The software will change the UI colour to the predominant background colour. The changes will get applied to the notification panel, settings menus and lock screen. It could be the new theme system on which Google is working.

6. Application compatibility

Applications will be more consistent and secure across devices. They have also added the Android Runtime Module (ART) that lets users push updates to the main runtime & libraries on Android 12 devices. It will help improve application runtime performance, manage memory more efficiently and simplify operations of Kotlin, all without requiring a total system upgrade.

7. Improved privacy controls

Google is also updating its privacy features with Android 12 to make it safer for users with new controls added on identifiers that would allow tracking and safer defaults for app components, among other things. A handful of few more privacy and security features, such as restricted Netlink on MAC, Moder SafeSite cookie behaviours on WebView, and safer handling of intentions, will be released in forthcoming previews.

8. Custom notification changes

Android 12 changes the look and behaviour of fully customized notifications. Previously, custom notifications could use the entire notification area and provide their layouts and styles. It resulted in anti-patterns that could confuse users or cause design compatibility issues on different devices.
This system applies a standard model that ensures custom notifications have the same decoration as other notifications, such as the notification icon, expandability, application name and collapse ability.

9. Notifications snooze

There is a new button to snooze unimportant notifications. In older versions of Android, this feature can get accessed by swiping it halfway to the right or left and then tapping the snooze button. You can also choose between repeat periods of 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours. This feature came in Android Oreo, but the half-swipe gesture limited its use. Specifically, it gets disabled by default, but you can enable it in Settings> Apps & notifications> Notifications> Allow repeated notifications.

10. Emojis on Screenshot Markup

The screenshot markup menu allows the user to add annotations to the screenshots taken. The markup menu adds an option that lets you add emojis along with other notes or scribbles.

11. Nearby Share for Wi-Fi Passwords

Android allows users to easily connect to the same Wi-Fi as anyone else by scanning a QR code. This feature was first visible in the beta version of Android Q, but Android 12 now makes it easier to share passwords. It makes the process of connecting to a new Wi-Fi network almost effortless.

12. Redirect Vibration to Gaming Controllers

We were hoping to see a primary game mode in Android 12, but it’s not there yet. However, Android 12 offers the ability to redirect haptic feedback data from your smartphone to a gamepad or game controller in case you use one. The user should also be able to use the feature with third-party controllers that have a vibration engine.

13. Permissions Dialog

Google has introduced a much more inspiring permission management feature in Android Q. It’s functional if a user wants to be cautious about how apps use your phone’s sensors. Now with Android 12, the permissions dialogue that appears has been slightly changed. For some apps that need to access your microphone or location, you now have a link to allow “Always Access” in Settings.

14. Scrolling screenshot support

It was a longtime rumour even before Android 10 made its debut. However, Android 11 disappointed by not including support for scrolling screenshots. The code to make it work is on Android 12. It just isn’t activated yet. Users can already take scrolling screenshots on Android via third-party apps, but the default support would be a welcome addition.

15. New Bubble Animations

Android’s bubble feature is going to get some UI tweaks with Android 12. Google is operating on new animations for bubbles. There will be a fade/collapse animation when dragging an expanding bubble and a smoother transition between bubbles. In landscape mode, these bubbles will be displayed vertically on the left / right side instead of horizontally on the top.

16. Media Controls

Android 11 added persistent media controls in the notification step for quick media controls. With Android 12, these multimedia controls are getting more refined. First of all, the media player takes up a slightly larger space than before with a big media illustration and just an icon for the device without its name. Secondly, users can now select which apps show up in the media controls and which ones don’t. You can find this option in Settings> Sound & Vibration> Media.
These were some of the main features of Android 12 Developer Preview 2.

Milestone of platform stability

Android 12 includes a milestone called “Platform Stability” to help developers plan for final releases and testing. This milestone means that Android 12 has reached the final internal and external APIs, final application behaviours, and final non-SDK API lists (grey lists).

All developers of applications, games, SDKs, libraries and game engines should be encouraged to use the platform stability milestone as a target to plan for the final compatibility testing and public release.

In addition to this, the upcoming OS also includes one-handed usability to allow easy one-handed control of the smartphone, scrolling screens, a new button to snooze unimportant notifications, and an ability to redirect haptic feedback to a gamepad or game controller. Besides this, the XDA Developers report notes that Android 12 Developer Preview 1 brings a blue tint to the user interface; this is visible when dark mode is enabled. The placements of quick settings icons such as DND and battery saver have also been re-arranged in the new OS.

Supported Devices

Compatible devices like Google Pixel will receive the Android 12 update on the first day during the release cycle, barring any unforeseen errors.

The answer is quite complicated for unsupported Google Pixel devices and non-Pixel devices. Unsupported pixels will not receive these updates from Google, but they should install GSI at startup. A non-Pixel device is entirely at the discretion (read: pity) of the OEM and how it exists within their product line. It is logical to assume that lighter UX skins like ASUS ‘Zen UI will be the first to upgrade their flagships to a base of Android 12. By comparison, heavier UX skins like Samsung’s One UI and Xiaomi’s MIUI tend to employ more time to readjust their masks. However, that’s not always the case, as lighter UX skins have been just as slow in adoption, if not slower. Therefore, predicting the Android 12 update timeline for non-pixels is very difficult at this stage.

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