Progress Series From the leaked images, an initial look at the Android 12 update from Google, where the XDA-Developers site published screenshots that are said to be taken from the initial draft of the documents distributed by the search giant to Android partners.
Ahead of the stable release, Google shares source documents and code with its main partners in order to give them time to prepare for the release.
It seems that an early draft of a document made by Google to summarize the changes in Android 12 has been leaked, and screenshots showing the new user interface and functional changes have been extracted from the document.
The screenshots, which XDA-Developers say have not been fully confirmed, include what appear to be new UI changes, along with a new privacy indicator and chat tool.
And if the UI changes are subtle, they include a focus on the rounded corners, while reducing the number of quick settings available from the non-expanded notification panel.
And it appears that Google is also using the Light Brown color scheme, which could be part of the new native Android 12 theme system.
Apart from the UI changes, the screenshots show the new privacy indicator similar to what is found in iOS.
The indicator acts as a warning in the status bar to show that an application has access to the camera or microphone.
XDA-Developers also reported a purported overhaul of Android 12’s privacy settings, with the ability to fully toggle the camera and microphone on and off.
Other screenshots show what could be a new chat tool for the operating system, and it appears to show recent messages and calls, and XDA-Developers claim that it could be a mandatory feature for all Android 12 devices.
Google has not officially confirmed any new user interface or feature changes to the upcoming operating system yet.
Despite this, the company has committed to making its third-party app stores easier to use in Android 12.
Google usually previews the next version of Android in March, and last year Google surprised everyone by previewing the Android 11 developer early in February, so we might be able to see what Android 12 has in store in the coming weeks.
Google is set to release its next major Android version later this year, after a series of developer previews and betas that will likely start appearing later this month.