Android is one of the world's most popular OS, active on more than a billion smartphones worldwide. Apart from all the modifications made previously with every version, Google is now giving the OS an extra minimalist, one-handed look.
Every year in the second half of February, we see the first peek of the new android version. As tradition follows, Google pushed the first Developer Preview of Android 12, and this is a developer’s version only. So without any delay, let’s see what they’re up to.
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WHAT WILL ANDROID 12 BE CALLED?
As we know, Google has a quirky name for each version. But in a first, they’re sticking with just Android 12, this time. But there are rumours that it might be named” Snow Cone.”
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The first Developer Preview was sent out on February 18 itself and, as expected, got many overhaul changes delivering a minimalist design across the board.
Popping to features they introduced, all-new accent colors in the design element. New media and UI enhancements give greater prominence to controls in the media tool, redesigned settings page, pill-shaped activation toggles, elongated app shortcut menu. Now you can also share Wifi using the nearby share option. Enhanced screenshot and markup tool brings new possibilities like adding text, font size, emoji customization etc. Redesigned notification shade making it more translucent with larger fonts and profile images, more grid size options, accessibility page also got tweaked with new features and improved and improved one-handed usability like oxygen OS 11 and one UI with more blank spaces, new snooze button in notification and conversation shade with an increased time up to 2 hours. We might also expect a gaming mode cause we saw a feature called Redirect vibrations to a gaming controller. This new permission dialogue box now eliminates the always allow prompt. Additional features in emergency SOS are added as a separate in the settings page, with more features baked inside.
Some of the development features hinted at the game mode, dedicated one-handed mode, support for scrolling screenshot, further tweaked widgets that might support stacking and scrolling list type. Swipe down gesture for notification shade, picture in picture mode developments etc. These are surface-level changes, and we can expect to see more of a lip in the following builds.
The first Developer Preview of Android 12 was released on February 12 2021.
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The second preview brought a few decent changes into the UI and bought some development features into life with this update.
This might look like a downgraded feature, but we now see a dark theme with a light grey shade. Google finally introduced a one-handed mode, a new swipe down gesture for notification shade, a modern widget pickup layout that shows in a vertical list format. A unique feature has been added called choosing apps bridged to notification listeners; notification listeners is a kind of service that interprets notifications from other apps, which now can be bridged (stopped).
A smart call forwarding feature has been added, tweaks to pin and pattern in the lock screen which now has a round bubble format and emergency call button are also pushed to the bottom and now looks more rounded up, new media player which follows system accent color.
Several of the development features indicates the new search options in launcher like oxygen OS, taskbar for larger screen devices, face-based auto-rotation, a more elaborate game dashboard with a floating toolbar which might show fps reading, DND, screen recording options etc. New animation in lock screen and overhaul of the animation effects.
Android 12 Developer Preview 2 released on March 17 2021
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As expected, this was just an incremental update that furnished more stability and performance enchantments to the system, and this is the last developer preview before beta versions.
This update brought some pretty improvements to the user experience, like new app launch animations, incoming and outgoing call notifications which increases the visibility and consistency of dialer and other 3rd party chat apps; all-new advancement is seen in opening web links, haptics are better with more significant effects, camera enhancements and rounded corners in overall UI, new grid size options(4*4), splash screen and a bolder font for ‘At a glance widget’.
ANDROID 12 ROAD-MAP
The road-map is all laid; the public beta roll-outs are expected this month. It’ll be four betas as usual, and the finalized update will be available anytime after August. So grab your pixels and get ready to play with new tools and features.
GOOGLE I/O 2021. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
This year google I/O will be an all-online event and will take place from May 18 to May 20.
So what can we expect? Of course, the biggest announcement will be Android 12 itself, which will be enabled for public betas. There are also rumors that we can expect Pixel 5a. Also, we might see a new Pixel watch that will introduce some nifty features and an affordable version of Pixel buds which are rumored to be called ‘Pixel Buds A’.
Some software side updates like wear OS improvements, our all favorite google assistant will reveal new tricks and tips to play with and more.
Google seems to be pretty serious with the Android 12, focused on minimal design. For now, all we can do is wait and watch the event with Google.