Great news for Android users as Google is planning to release their brand new Android 12 Operating system anytime around September or October 2021. On February 18th, 2020 Google announced the Android 12 on their official blog post, since then three developer versions were released.
According to the process later they launched a beta version that is mainly used for development, testing, and feedback. And the latest Android 12 Beta 4 is released now with many bug fixes and stabilizes the overall platform to a great extent.
Android is the most popular and widely used operating system in the World. This mobile operating system was developed by Open Handset Alliance led by Google. Right now over 3 billion smartphones are running the Android OS which is quite remarkable. A more detailed story about Android is discussed here.
With the new Android 12, Google simplified the smartphone experience by giving a simple and fresh-looking user interface. The customization and security features are also improved.
To access Android 12, you’ll need the Pixel 3/3XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G, or Pixel 5. Google is no longer supporting the original Google Pixel or the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. Some non-pixel phones are getting the update in the future but right now the list is not confirmed.
Here in this post, we are discussed some of the most important changes that Android 12 brings to us in the upcoming final release. Check them below…
A Smoother and Faster Android:
Since the beginning, android has visually changed a lot but Android 12 brings us the biggest design changes of Android history. From time to time by doing little refinements and subtle tweaks Android is maturing over the years but this time they opt for a total makeover.
With the new update, android has become smoother and faster, and even smoother in comparison with iOS. I personally think android always lagging behind in this section.
Google streamlined the CPU processing time for core system services by 22%. It means no matter what hardware you’re on whether you have an older chip or a snapdragon 888 you experienced a jitter-free smooth system with less junk and stutter.
Every time when you tap around the screen, scroll up or down, swipe right or left you noticed the screen animation changes according to your response. I personally like this change and it’s very intuitive when you touch the screen every time.
For example, when you dismiss your notifications on the lock screen, your clock will appear larger so you know when you’re all caught up.
They also simplified interactions and recrafted the entire underlying system to give users a fast and fluid interface that looks good and feels great. Your Android devices are now faster and more responsive with better power efficiency so you can use your device for longer without a charge.
And according to some sources, Google is also planning to launch their own house processor, So it is obvious the new UI will be blazing fast and taking great advantage of their own hardware.
A Bunch of New Widgets to Play With:
Widgets are very useful and save lots of time. Everyone loves all the important things in one place so Android 12 gives great importance to Widgets and customize those with your favorite apps is very easy here.
Widgets in Android 12 get new dynamic controls allowing you to interact with checkboxes, radio buttons, and switches without entering an app. The widget picker will now also offer responsive previews for widgets of different sizes.
There’s a new widget selector and there’s a new set of all completely redesigned widgets in android 12. I love the new Widget Picker because for every app that has a widget it will show in a single window and is much easier to choose from here.
When you add a widget to the home screen, you can now see more widget categories at once. This will allow you to easily find the app you want a widget for and then add the specific widget. It’s a small change, but it will make widgets way easier!
Widgets here to enhance the user experience across different platforms, Android skins, and launchers. We now see a consistent spread of the Google Sans font, (Designed by Steve Matteson), flat icons, and cohesive color palettes, all of these together give widgets a more modern look.
In the announcement, Google confirmed about new widgets which look totally different like the new clock looks little more abstract with the date rotating around instead of a second hand.
It’s definitely a lot and so theoretically, google is going to finish updating all of their stock app widgets so that developers can utilize this new functionality and developed more polished apps. I’m really excited to see what it looks like when all the features have come together.
More focus on Privacy:
When we talked about privacy then you might be thinking of one area where Google has not given much importance in the past. But with the Android 12, this situation changes drastically and now there is a commendable amount of privacy controls in your hands.
First of all, they added these indicators to the top corner for when your camera or microphone is being accessed by an app. The indicators are both green in color and appear on the top right corner of the screen.
Here the point is now you immediately know if an app is using your camera or mic. If you want to change that access it’s easy you swipe down from the top and tap that indicator to go straight into the permissions of whatever app just triggered it then you can take away that access.
You also have a couple of optional quick setting buttons you can add they’re not there by default but if you want to add them
you can have a quick setting toggle to immediately turn off camera access or microphone access to everything.
So if you’re about to do something and don’t want any apps on your phone to have that access to the camera or mic you just flip the switch and it turns it off, now no app will get accessed until you enable it again.
Android 12 introduces a new Privacy Dashboard that gives users a detailed view of how apps access their information. When you open it up, you’ll see a summary dashboard that shows you an overview of how many apps accessed your location, camera, and microphone in the past 24 hours.
When apps ask for your location for the first time there’s a new toggle that will let you select giving them your precise location or just giving them your approximate location.
For example, When using Maps for navigation, I have to choose the precise location because it needs the exact location to locate but for other third-party apps like News or Weather, I have the option to choose the approximate location.
Here I want all the local news and weather content without sharing my exact location. So they can’t do any weird AD tracking with my exact latitude and longitude.
New Android 12 Quick Settings:
Earlier when we pull down the notification shade we see all round-shaped icons and that thing is completely changed in Android 12.
The whole notification shade is changed and it might be aesthetically the biggest defining feature of android 12. Not just visual change they also added some new functionality to it.
So, pull down from the top and you’ve got these huge toggles that are separated from the notifications area. With the new more wide-size toggle, Google is utilizing the blank space very intelligently.
Every toggle places separately and displays in the right sequence when you pull down again you get this huge brightness slider at the very top and these gigantic tiles and all are customizable.
Of course, that increase in size means that fewer tiles can be seen at once. You’ll only see four tiles on your first pull of the notification shade instead of the usual six.
The power menu shortcut and Internet selector UI are a bit different too. If you click on the power button it will open up three options emergency, power off, restart in a triangular style.
The Internet selector option changed too, If you have a mobile data connection and Wi-Fi connection at the same time now it will show you both in one place which basically consolidates the two-button into one.
The music player shortcut at the same place and settings, toggler customization all right there on the notification shade. So overall all the toggles and on-screen touch buttons are very large and make it more user-friendly to use your touchscreen.
Overall Android 12’s notification system will be redesigned to improve aesthetics, usability, and functionality. Google’s tweaking the drawer and controls and freshening up transitions and animations.
The New Material You Design:
Google has been using this material design since 2014, It’s basically a guideline that helps developers to create applications that are supported fully by Android. So this will allow Google to include more and more quality apps inside their OS.
From the name, you understand the Material gives you a more personalized look and feel altogether. This design language isn’t going to be restricted to Android and will be seen across a wider variety of Google services.
For Android, it creates evolution and when you personally used it you can easily feel the difference and it takes a little bit of practice to get used to this new design.
So obviously things look very different there are the big buttons we talked about the big volume control slider, the big brightness slider at the top, and a huge quick setting toggle. Apart from that, all the texts through all the menus appear larger.
There’s also a new charging animation, when you plug in your phone it sort of sweeps up from the bottom from the charge port. The bouncy and friendly-looking animations are all over the bigger text feels more engaging than ever.
Material You also change the color and style of your theme intelligently. When you choose a wallpaper the theme color is also changed according to your wallpaper color.
Now in settings, there’s a wallpaper and style section where you can change your wallpaper, change the grid size, change the style and accent colors of your buttons and your icon shapes. Then Material U will take the color of your wallpaper and choose a lock screen clock and quick settings accent colors to match what it thinks will look good with that wallpaper.
The approach is to give you more options to do whatever you like the most and making the whole device feel like one
One thing to remember all these features are exclusively for Pixel android phones and if you are a Oneplus or Samsung user then it might be a different experience but the base features are the same.
Turn Off the Unused Apps:
Now you can turn off any unused app easily and free up your disk space. It’s super useful for devices that have less storage and RAM configuration.
The feature will strip an unused app of its permissions and clear temporary files and cache claimed by that app. It may also restrict notifications for these apps. This will be available to Android users through a toggle in each app’s “App Info” section.
The feature’s already included in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and now Google has confirmed it’s on the way.
Other Important Updates:
- Google has added face detection to auto-rotate, which will utilize the front camera to help the system know when to rotate the screen. And due to a newly optimized rotate animation, the latency was reduced by 25%.
- Android 12 will have a built-in splash screen for every app. The app screen will appear automatically for every app, even if its developer didn’t build it.
- In pixel devices after taking a screenshot, you can easily markup that shot with a paintbrush. And in Android 12 you can add text, Emoji, and stickers to your screenshots using the same tool.
- Google is giving users more control over rich media through the keyboard, clipboard, and drag and drop. Supported formats will include “plain and styled text to markup, images, videos, audio files, and more.
- By long-pressing the notification and heading into its specific settings, you can turn on or off the apps with which the player should work. This would allow you to turn off YouTube.
Android 12 Beta 4:
On 11th August 2021, Android brings the 4th edition of Beta for the developers and technology geeks to test out their latest build. It’s the final build before the final release and offered lots of platform stability to users.
This Beta includes a new UI, performance improvements, privacy and security enhancements, and many more features. For developers, Android 12’s APIs and all app-facing behaviors are finalized now they are focused on compatibility and stability of apps.
The Beta 4 is available for Google Pixel phones and if you want to try their builds then first you have a Google account then Go here and Enrolled then check if you are eligible for Over the Air (OTA)Updates.
And if you previously enrolled, you have already updated. You can also get Android 12 Beta 4 on select devices from several other manufacturers like ASUS, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Xiaomi, Techno, TCL, Vivo, and ZTE. Learn more Here.
You can see the Development journey of Android 12 below …
Beginning of a New Story!
So with the upcoming Android 12 builds on everything you love about Android, and focuses on building a deeply personal phone that adapts to you, developing an operating system that is secure by default and private by design, and making all your devices work better together.