Android is the most widely used smartphone operating system in the world, with more than 3 billion devices running it. As a result, even minor modifications to the operating system can affect millions of users. The tech giant revealed Android 12 at Google IO 2021, with a new UI and much more. However, users won’t be able to download the completed Android 12 upgrade right immediately, since the final version is expected to come toward the end of the year. However, some users can download Android 12 beta 2 now, including anyone who owns a Pixel 3 or newer, plus owners of the Xiaomi Mi 11, OnePlus 9, and more. Android has always been about personalization, letting users choose the device, service, and experience that best suits the user’s needs. In terms of the final version, the Google Pixel 6 is expected to arrive in September or October with Android 12.
Android 12 will be known as ‘Android 12’. With Android 10, Google dropped the dessert-themed titles. As a result, all we get is Android 12. Plain, uncomplicated, and straightforward. Despite this, Google’s internal codebase continues to use dessert-themed names. Android 10 was codenamed “Quince Tart”, Android 11 was codenamed “Red Velvet Cake”, and Android 12 is currently codenamed “Snow Cone”.
The largest design overhaul in Android’s history is included in Android 12. From the colors to the forms, light, and motion, Android OS reimagined the whole experience. As a result, Android 12 is more expressive, dynamic, and personalized than it has ever been.
‘Material You’, a new Material Design language for Android 12, is a rethinking of the whole UI throughout the operating system, according to Google. More rounded buttons, more diverse colors, better motion and animations, and much more are included in the current beta.
Color extraction is a feature that allows users to choose a wallpaper and have the system apply the dominant, complementing, and best-looking colors from it to the rest of the UI, such as the notification shade, lock screen, and volume controls.
As a result, everything is much more cohesive this time, something Google was quick to emphasize. Previously, the color palette and even the typefaces appeared to be mismatched, but with Android 12, everything has been changed to be as uniform as possible.
Widgets have also been redesigned, and they now have a much more rounded appearance. Because iOS 14 included widgets last year, it was only natural that Android 12 would see a change in this section as well, with the look matching the color palette user choose.
Google Pay and smart home controls have been added to the Quick Settings panel, as well.
Privacy and Security
This year, Google has made it a point to put privacy at the forefront of Android 12. This year, the firm stressed the importance of privacy, and Android 12 is no exception. The Android Private Compute Core is the brains behind Android 12’s privacy features, ensuring that user’s privacy settings are respected by applications and the phone.
Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply are all enabled via the Private Compute Core. To protect user privacy, all audio and language processing takes place on the device, which is separated from the network. The safeguards in Private Compute Core, like the rest of Android, are open source and fully inspectable, and verified by the security community.
Locked folders, which are available across applications and allow a user to lock a single folder with a fingerprint, are also accessible.
There’s also the option of unlocking a Chromebook using the user’s phone. It will be as simple as bringing a user Android 12 smartphone close to a Chromebook and it will send the user to the home screen, similar to how Apple Watch unlocks an Apple Mac.
App Hibernation is a new functionality included in Android 12. If an app isn’t being used, the user may put it into a “hibernation” condition via app hibernation. Apps that are put into a hibernated state will have their permissions withdrawn and their storage use optimized.
Applications that haven’t been used in several months will be put into this “hibernation” condition, however, users may toggle this feature on and off if they don’t want their underused apps to do so. To wake up an app from hibernation, simply run it normally.
Other important additions in Android 12 include increased accessibility for those with impaired eyesight, scrolling screenshots, chat widgets that bring the user’s favorite people to the home screen, and methods to make all of the user’s devices function better together.
The power button will now bring up Google Assistant while held down, making it much easier to contact the service for a question when required. In Android 12, a new built-in remote is now standard, so the user can use a phone to navigate through favorite shows if a user has an Android TV or just a Chromecast. Android 12 employs UWB (ultra-wideband) technology, which allows one to stroll up to the car and have it unlocked without having to take the phone out.
Users will also be able to share digital access to users’ vehicles with others, allowing users to loan the car to a buddy without having to give them a physical key and granting them access for a limited time. Picture modes will support a new format called AVIF, which offers similar compression to JPEG but greater quality. In addition, Android 12 will be allowing users to manage their own hidden recycle bin.
What are your thoughts on Android 12? What features are you most excited about, and what would you like to see other than the features mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!
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