Android 12 release date
- September 2, 2021
- Android 12 developer preview 2 release date: March 17, 2021
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How to install the new Android 12 developer preview beta
2. Sideload and install the Android 12 update on your Pixel phone, it will be updated with new betas upon release.
New Android 12 features
- Support for devices with rounded corners
- Messaging apps can require authentication to delete lock screen notifications.
- One-swipe gesture for home screen return in full screen mode, except for gaming.
- Easy rich content (images, video) copying between apps, and App Pairs split screen system.
- New notifications – uniform looks for customized content, faster jump to the app, smoother animations and transitions.
- One-handed mode – moving active elements lower on the screen within your thumb’s reach.
- Haptic-coupled audio effect – pair custom sound with custom vibrations in games or other apps.
- Core Android 12 system elements updates via the Play Store, instead of slower full system updates.
- Rich customization options for foldable phone or TV screen interfaces
- Advanced wallpaper-based theme support
- Scrolling screenshots
- Emojis on screenshots
- Smart rotation lock
- App hibernation
- Double-tap gesture command for the rear
- Wi-Fi password sharing with Nearby Share
- Anti-tracking features and privacy enhancements
- Compatible media transcoding – automatic HEVC video transcoding for apps.
- New AVIF image compression file format support
Split screen and rich content insertion features in Android 12
A new Rich content insertion feature will let you seamlessly copy plain and styled text to markup, images, videos, audio files, and others from one app to the other regardless of whether the source is the clipboard, the keyboard, or simple drag and drop between the split-screen apps UI.
Android 12 will also let people easily “pair” two apps right from the Recent view. When you use such a pair, the divider between the two apps will also get a bonus feature. Dragging the divider will still resize both apps but when you double-tap on it, the two active apps will quickly swap positions.
The new Android 12 interface
Google’s design concept revealed that there will be a new notifications UI in Android 12 that replaces the current transparent look with a light beige opaque. The hue might change if Dark mode is enabled; the rounded corners of each notification are more easily viewable, and there are now ways for developers to toy around with background blur, too.
Google did reduce the number of Quick Settings icons to four from six and these will surface when the notification panel is expanded. The icons are larger than usual because of the fewer number of icons used. The positions of the date and the clock have been swapped on the front of the display, and there are new privacy indicators in the upper right corner. Tapping on these icons will tell you exactly which apps are using the microphone and camera on your handset. A “Sensors off” icon in Quick Settings will allow the user to shut down and disable all sensors on his or her phone with a single tap; the Developer options menu will have to be enabled to see this icon.
Moving on, a mandatory Conversations widget will show Android users messages, missed calls, and more. Due to its small size, the widget will only be able to show one item at a time. Also mandatory will be the use of camera and microphone icons on the front display which must be visible when the camera and the microphone are being used. You might recall that Apple added something similar with iOS 14.2. A small green dot on the upper right of an iPhone display means that an app is using the handset’s camera while an orange dot indicates that an app is using an iPhone’s microphone.
New Android 12 notifications
New App hibernation feature in Android 12
Climbing further the new Android 12 features ladder, Google might be working on a hibernation system for apps. The system allows apps to enter a hibernation state when they are not used and will help free up storage.
New one-handed mode and double-tap navigation gesture in Android 12
When will my phone get Android 12?
- Samsung Galaxy Android 12 update: October beta, December 2021 stable
- LG phones Android 12 update: from January ’22
- OnePlus phones Android update: September beta, October 2021 stable
- Motorola phones Android 12 update: September beta, January ’22 stable
- Nokia phones Android 12 update: from October 2021
- Oppo, vivo, Realme phones Android 12 update: Q4 2021
- Sony phones Android 12 update: December 2021