In the third quarter of each year, Google will release a new Android version with the latest features. Similarly, this year the company will release Android 12, which is expected to be available in September (stable version).
There are still six months before the stable Android 12 release, and Google has released the first Developer Preview. It provides us with an early look, the latest changes and features, and makes developers familiar with the upcoming Android OS.
Google has not opened all of its cards, this is just the beginning of excitement among consumers. Most design elements and functions are reserved for official release.
It is worth mentioning that Android 12 Developer Preview is currently available for Google Pixel 3 and higher. Interested Pixel users can download and view the schedule of the full version of Android 12 Beta until the stable version.
Let’s take a look at the new features and changes introduced in Android 12 for the developers listed below:
ANDROID 12 features:
New material NEXT design: Google has made new changes to the user interface, including the home screen, lock screen, notification bar, etc.
New accent colors: In Android 12, the user interface adopts a light blue and dark blue tones visible in the theme. The light blue accent can be seen in the system user interface in the system applications (including “Settings”).
Lock screen: The locked screen has a semi-transparent layer in the background, and the animation used to unlock the pattern is also a little fuzzy.
Notification: In this case, the conversation and the notification are merged into a semi-transparent background with a lighter background.
Quick setting: The default quick setting option adds a new DND, and the power saving switch is switched to the first card by moving the mobile data switch to the second card. Now, the invalid “Quick Settings” tiles are displayed in light blue instead of gray, but the icons have not changed significantly.
Accessibility settings: In this section, the font size, display size, and dark theme menu are merged into text and display options, and horizontal lines. Different menu options are separated to provide a concise appearance.
Larger toggles in settings: Settings provide a larger and more refined toggle at the top of the page to distinguish it from other toggles below.
One-handed mode: Like other brands, the Google interface also provides convenience for one-handed use, and adds a function mark called “Silky Home” to the one-handed mode of the machine, which can push items on the page down to Make it more accessible.
Scrolling screenshots: After using third-party Android skins, Google finally added this feature to take scrolling screenshots.
Improved widgets: On Android 12, Google tries to match the widgets of iOS 14 by adding devices that look like a stack of widgets. You can scroll left or right on similar widgets.
Emojis on screenshot markers: It allows you to add annotations to the screenshots you have taken, and the marking menu adds an option that allows you to add emojis next to other annotations or graffiti.
Notification suspension: In Android 12, a new button is introduced to suspend unimportant notifications. However, this feature was originally added in Android Oreo, but the half-scan has restricted its use.
Reset notification ranking: In the “Developer” option, you can also enable “Adaptive notification ranking” and “Adaptive notification” priority to let Android rearrange notifications based on how you interact with other apps. With Android 12, you can now reset this ranking immediately according to your preferences.
Media controls: Google has improved the appearance of the previous media controls. Now, the media player covers more space with larger media illustrations and device icons (without names).
Picture-in-picture improvements: As previously predicted, it gets a new zoom function for the picture-in-picture function.
Wi-Fi password nearby sharing: It makes password sharing easier, you can use “Nearby Sharing” to share Wi-Fi passwords effortlessly.
Redirect vibration to game controller: If you use it, it can redirect haptic feedback data from the smartphone to the game pad or game controller.
Privacy indicator: Google is preparing to add a clear warning to turn on the use of the microphone and camera, even in the system application “Camera and Voice Recorder”.
Permission dialog: slightly adjusted the displayed permissions dialog. For some apps that require access to the microphone or location, you can now access the settings at any time via a shortcut.
Security features: These security features have been upgraded to top-level settings and can be accessed directly from the first page of “Settings”.