Android 12 Developers Preview – New Features And Highlights

A new version of Android is making waves in the market. Two developer previews have already been released, which have given Android app development companies an idea of what to expect from Android 12.

The only thing remaining is the final developer’s preview three, after which Android 12 public beta will be released, for which everyone is excited. These developer’s previews are for Android app development companies to get to know about the upcoming changes in Android. It enables Android app development companies to migrate their apps from the older version to the newer ones. Not all the features seen on developers’ preview can make it to the final version.

Android 12 Developers Preview Image

Last year, Google’s IO conference got canceled due to the pandemic, which is still a hurdle. Thus, this year Google has decided to do the conference online. It is a three-day event starting from May 18. Google is expected to give us a glimpse of Android 12 at the IO conference. So, we are hoping Android 12 to improve on various points.

Android 12 Release Date and Supported Devices

Google names its Android versions after deserts, but now it has officially dropped this idea after Android 10. But dessert names are still used internally. Android 10 was codenamed quick tarts, Android 11 was codenamed red velvet cake, and the latest addition, Android 12, is internally called snow cone.

The first developer preview came out on February 18, 2021, and after that, developer preview 2 rolled out on March 17, 2021. The final developer version must roll out soon, clarifying what features we will see in the first beta and final version of Android 12.

The pixel devices will most probably get the update of Android 12 on day 1 of its release. The non-pixel users entirely depend on the OEM manufacturer to provide their users with Android 12. Android 12 is expected to be released in September.

Check out the list of Android 12 Supported Devices

Android 12 Developers Preview Features

It is believed that Android 12 is packed with small and significant changes, and various features have already been made public with the release of developer previews. Some features of Android 12 are:

  1. The light theme has been there since Android five and has become the hallmark of Android. The theme is a significant player when talking about the experience. Android 11 allowed you to choose between dark and light themes, but in Android 12, there is a bluish tint in both dark and light themes. Android 12 Developer Preview
  2. The settings remain the same. The only change is the background, earlier it was almost transparent, but with Android 12, it is more translucent.
  3. The accessibility menu will also provide a renovation with the less frequently used options like Display size, Font size, the color correction being moved under Text and Display. Earlier, horizontal lines were dividing different menus, but in Android 12, there are no horizontal lines. Android 12 Developer Preview
  4. Another update comes in the scrolling screenshot. Earlier, for scrolling screenshots, you needed to keep scrolling, but with Android 12, if you take a screenshot, a different activity is started, which provides you with the expanded view of the page you want to screenshot. Now you can easily select the parts you wish to screenshot. This feature is known as a magnifier.
  5. There is also a markup menu in the screenshots that allows you to enter emojis, notes, and doodles. You will be able to annotate or edit image files. The markup options for the image file are similar to the screenshot markup options.
  6. There is an app pair feature in Android 12, an advanced version of screen splitting, and gives you control over split-screen apps. Now, if you want to swap the apps in the split-screen, all you need to do is double-tap in the center. There is another button, “pin to top,” which makes the current app occupy ¼ of the screen on the top of the display until the other tab in the recent tab overview is tapped. After tapping on another tab, the screen is split evenly. Android 12 Developer Preview
  7. In developer preview two, the launcher widget is made more compact and collapsed.
  8. In developer preview two, there is a taskbar similar to what we have seen in windows. It is mainly for devices with a large screen or foldable phones. Another change allows two pages to be displayed side by side on big smartphones.
  9. There are changes in the network section too. In the update, Wi-Fi has been renamed as internet, and a simplified view of the Wi-Fi network being used is seen. It also offers a feature that enables you to switch your hotspot from 5GHz to 2.4GHz. It is for the devices that do not support the 5GHz band. Android 12 Developer Preview
  10. In Android 11, device control allowed you to put smart controls in the power menu. Now with Android 12, it is added in the quick settings menu.
  11. A small change is that the volume slide bar has gotten a lot thicker.
  12. In Android 12, you generate splash screens for all apps. In the splash screen, the apps are shown with a background matching the day/night theme.
  13. With Android 12, the app drawer is made more bouncy, and there is also scroll and ripple animation which appears when someone scrolls past the top or bottom screen on a page. Android 12 Developer Preview
  14. With Android 12, the lock screen is also expected to change a little bit. The positioning of the clock and the font has been modified. When a notification pops up, the clock moves to the left, and its size is also reduced.
  15. In Android 12, there is a feature called “Permission Hub.” Here overviews of all the permissions used by various apps on your device are present. You can see the most requested permission for your device.
  16. In developer preview two, we can see a much lighter grey-colored dark mode is present.
  17. There is a gaming mode, as seen in the developer preview 2. The hidden gaming dashboard has a widget to start a live stream on YouTube. It has toggles for the screenshot, FPS control, etc. 

These are all the new feature visible in Android 12. These features are not finalized yet, so it is possible that you might not see some of these features in the beta or when Android 12 is made public. We hope that you now have an idea of what to expect from the upcoming Android 12.

Android 12 Developer Preview

Google IO Conference 2021

The Google IO conference this year will be held online because of the current pandemic situation. It is a free event. All you need to do is register for the conference to be held from May 18 to May 20.

In the three-day conference, experts will cover several topics. There will be workshops, ask me anything sessions, and many more. There will be the display of Android 12 for which we are waiting. 

Android 12 Release Date

Developer Preview 3 is yet to be launched, and after that, we will get the first beta of Android 12, which will be in May. After the first beta release, beta two will release in June, and beta three will release in July. Finally, in August, beta four will be released, which will be for platform stability. In this beta, the final compatibility of all the apps is done. When all of this is done, Android 12 is expected to release somewhere in September.

Final Words

With the release date for Android 12 beta version being around the corner, Android app development companies might be interested in hiring Android developers. Thus, it is a chance for Android developers to grab this excellent opportunity. Android 12 will solve numerous existing problems, and the new features will make your phone even better and easier to use. So don’t feel shy of updating your phone, as the update will be worth your data.

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