At Google IO 2021, the technology giant announced the new version of the mobile operating system, Android 12, where the highlight is a whole new interface design. However, as usually happens at this time of the event for company programmers, the final version is not yet ready, and it is expected that in late spring or early winter it will be made available for download.
At this stage, a beta version of Android 12 is made available, being available for those who have a Pixel 3 smartphone or newer, but also for other equipment, such as the Xiaomi Mi 11, Nokia X20, among others, and you can see the list complete further down in this article.
Therefore, we already know that the new version of Android should be made available more or less when the new Pixel smartphone is launched, and the availability for consumers should be the get used Android, that is, Pixel smartphones should receive soon, as well as some high-end smartphones should also receive shortly. For the rest, it will depend on the operators and we hope it will be fast.
If you don’t want to wait, follow the list of devices compatible with the Beta version of Android 12, and remember that if you want to try it, you can check some limiting situations, due to being a Beta version:
- Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 (XL and A included)
- Oppo Find X3 Pro
- Nokia X20
- OnePlus 9/9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11/11 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 11i * / 11X Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra (China only)
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- Asus Zenfone 8
- Realme GT
- iQOO 7 Legend
We’ve listed all the official features of Android 12 that have been featured on Google IO so far and will update this article when more appear – and will continue to update it as Android 12 launches on phones.
Interface Update on Android 12
Google announced a new Material Design language for Android 12, called Material You, which is a rethink of the entire UI across the operating system. The current beta features more rounded buttons, more varied colors, smoother movements and animations and more.
The company calls it color extraction, where you can choose a wallpaper and the system will automatically apply the dominant, complementary and best-looking colors to the rest of the UI, including the notification shade, lock screen and controls. volume. Basically, the smartphone itself will adapt to the background image that the user chooses.
So everything is much more unified this time, something that Google was keen to highlight. Before, the color scheme and even the fonts might not be compatible, but here everything has been redesigned to look as unified as possible on Android 12. This customizable theme will also hit Google’s web apps later this year.
The quick settings panel has also been revamped, with Google Pay and other SmartHome commands added.
Android 12: privacy and security
Android Private Compute Core is the mechanism behind the privacy features of Android 12, ensuring that applications and the phone follow the privacy settings that the user allows.
To start, the new privacy panel offers an overview of what areas your applications are using, such as location, camera, contacts, among others. This visualization will be done through a graphic, which will allow to understand if, for example, almost all of your applications have used the camera in the last 24 hours.
The notification center also has quick access to disable any phone features that an application is using and that the user thinks is not necessary. For example, if Facebook is using the microphone while in another application, this new area of the notification center will explicitly show that Facebook is using the microphone, being possible to disable it with just one click, if you want.
In other situations, Android 12 will also allow the user to only provide their approximate location. For example, a weather application does not need to know its exact location.
And with features like Live Caption, Now Playing and Smart Reply, all audio and translation processing takes place on your device, so data is not sent elsewhere. There are also locked folders, available in applications, that allow you to lock a specific folder with a fingerprint.
And there is the ability to unlock a Chromebook using your phone. Similar to the Apple Watch unlock feature for an Apple Mac, it will be a matter of having your Android 12 smartphone next to a Chromebook, and the computer will be unlocked.
Finally, when using an app like the camera, there will be a subtle hint in the user interface that certain camera features are being used, similar to what it shows on Apple’s iOS 14.
Other news from Android 12
When pressed, the on / off button now opens the Google Assistant, a much easier method of calling the Google Assistant and not needing its own button, as some devices do.
A new integrated controller is now also standard on Android 12, which allows you to control your television, which has Android TV, or a Chromecast with your smartphone.
In addition, a new feature called Car Key will offer a new integration with automobiles. In compatible cars, you can open the door via your smartphone, close the car and even start the engine ignition, all through the mobile device. For this, UWB (ultra-wideband) technology is used, which means that you can walk to the car and it will be unlocked, without having to take out the phone.
You can also share digital access to your vehicle with others – allowing you to lend your car to a friend without giving you a physical key and allowing you access for a period of time, something that is already possible in Tesla cars , for example.
In an indirect way to Apple and also to some European regulators, Google also announces greater support for third-party application stores, and it remains to be seen how this will happen.
Google’s password manager is also being redesigned, with cross-platform integration into its Google apps and devices. In terms of photo modes, it gained support for a new format – AVIF, which promises compression similar to JPEG, but with better quality.
Android 12 also promises to make your device faster and more responsive. Google says it reduces the CPU time required for core system services by up to 22% and reduces the use of large cores by the system server by up to 15%, which should also mean longer battery life.
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