Android is the most popular smartphone operating system in the world, with billions of smartphones running on it around the world. As a result; The smallest changes in it have the potential to affect millions of users. So we always wait for the new version every year to know the changes and new features that will arrive on our phones.
Speaking of that, the first developer preview of Android 12 is expected to be launched by Google very soon, and it will bring many improvements and new features.
In this topic, we will review everything about the upcoming Android 12 system… The release date, improvements and new features that Google will provide, and much more:
Firstly; When will Google release the first developer preview of Android 12:
Google has not confirmed the official release date of Android 12 at the time of writing, however; We can make some guesses based on the release dates of the previous versions.
Google launched the first developer preview version of Android 10 in March 2019, then launched the same version of Android 11 last year on February 19, 2020, a few weeks before the beta release in March, giving developers more time to adapt their apps to the new system. And APIs provided in the update.
Therefore, it is expected that the first developer preview version of Android 12 will be launched this year during the next week, or at the beginning of March.
Preview copies for developers are largely unstable, and not intended for regular users, and Google also reserves the right to add or delete some new features at this stage, so don’t be surprised if you see a feature in the preview version for the first developers and it isn’t present in the next versions of Android system.
It is worth noting that the preview copies for developers are limited to supported Google phones (Pixel), but you can try it on other Android phones by downloading a copy (GSI) which is intended for application developers to perform application validation and for development purposes.
Secondly; When will Google launch the final version of the Android 12 system?
Habit; After launching two versions of the developer preview of the system, we are moving to the public beta versions called (Android 12 Beta), with the expectation that we will see the first version in May or June 2021, and these versions will be fairly stable, and they will give us A clear idea of what the final version of Android 12 will look like.
After launching more than one beta version of the system, we expect Google to release the final stable version of Android 12 in late August or early September 2021. As is the case every year, Google (Pixel) phones will be the first phones to get stable versions. From Android 12.
Third; The most important new features in Android 12 system:
All major Android releases bring major changes, but the changes that have occurred over the past few years have been less influential than the sweeping changes that occurred in the early days of the system, a sign of the system’s maturity over the years.
However; We can expect some good things in the next release, and given that the first update has not yet been published, all of the following information about the new features is based on leaks, expectations, and other reports that we have gathered about the system:
1- Update the user interface:
It is reported that he later published a series of leaked images saying: “They are taken from the initial draft of the documents that Google distributes to Android partners.” This leak has made it clear that in Android 12, we will see a major update in the user interface, where we see a new user interface for the notification panel, with the transparency on the panel replaced with a light Beige background.
Notification icons also now have sharper, rounded corners, and the number of Quick Settings boxes in the partially extended case has decreased from 6 to 4, making room for larger icons.
2- Some improvements in widgets:
When Apple added widgets in iOS 14, we argued that in some respects they are better than what Android has offered in years. So it is expected that we will see big changes in the home screen tools in the Android 12 system, but we do not know whether Google is planning a complete overhaul of the tools, or at least is planning to make some changes.
3- New tools for conversations:
We also see in the leaked images of the new Conversations widget in Android 12, which may highlight recent messages, missed calls, or activity statuses. The widget being shown is small and appears to be large enough to hold one message, call, or case at a time with its small size.
4- Privacy indicators:
The following screenshots show what looks like privacy indicators, users can receive a warning as an indicator in the status bar when the app is using the camera or microphone. Clicking these status bar icons may display a pop-up at the top of the screen telling you exactly which apps are using the camera or microphone.
Google has been testing these privacy indicators for more than two years now, so it would be nice to see them finally appear in Android 12. These camera and microphone indicators may be mandatory to be included in system versions, with leaked documents indicating that these indicators should appear prominently at the top of the screen, and be always visible when accessing the camera or microphone.
5- Improve privacy settings:
Android’s privacy settings could also see a revamp in Android 12. The new privacy settings may contain switches to completely disable the camera and mute the microphone, as well as toggle access to the location.
You can actually disable all the sensors in your device using the sensors off setting in the Quick Settings panel, but this setting can only be displayed once you enable developer options. (Android 12) may make switching off the sensors more accessible to the user by putting it in the privacy settings.
6- Anti-tracking features:
Google has indicated its intention to build a less stringent version of the App Tracking Transparency feature that Apple has provided. Although this feature has not been disclosed in a leak yet.
Google is looking to strike a balance between privacy and advertising. Hence, Google’s version of the feature is likely to be less stringent and may not require developers to obtain permission from users to track their data. The approach Google could take to Android might be similar to the approach planned for Chrome, as Google previously announced plans to phase out any third-party access to cookies in Chrome to improve ad targeting within two years. Instead the browser will use an alternative that allows some ad targeting with less specific data collection.
7- Improved split screen feature for multi-tasking:
Split-screen is a feature that has been present in Android for a few years, but it needs some improvements. Where Samsung has developed the functionality in the user interface of its phones further through the “App Pair” feature, which specifies that you can launch two applications that you want to open simultaneously, then click the resulting icon to do so very quickly. LG and Microsoft also had similar ideas for dual-screen devices.
Samsung’s feature works better in traditional smartphones, so it is now rumored that Google is introducing this feature of (App Pairs) in Android 12.
The split-screen feature in Android 11 works by installing one app in a smaller window and then running another, making it a multi-step process. But on Android 12, using the App Pairs feature, you might be able to run two apps in split-screen view with one click.