Android 12 is now available. Google has released the source code for Android 12 to the Android Open Source Project, following a sneak peek at the operating system at Google I/O this year and a couple of beta builds (AOSP). That means getting Android 12 on your phone, tablet, or other devices will take some time. Over 225,000 people have signed up to try the beta build, according to Google, and they have reported over 50,000 bugs so far.
Though Google has stated that Android 12 will be available for Pixel devices in the coming weeks, no specific date has been given. The new Android 12 features several design changes as well as new privacy-focused features and a performance focus. The Material You design language is probably the biggest draw, but there are other tweaks and improvements as well.
Android 12: Changes to the Design
Android 12 introduces Material You, a new design language that will aid developers in creating more personalized apps. Material You allows developers to create an app or service that adapts to the user’s preferences while also improving accessibility features in the user interface.
The design of app widgets has also been updated, making them less cluttered and more functional. Interactive controls and responsive layouts with dynamic colours are now available in the widgets.
The notification UI has been updated to look more modern, and the splash screens used to launch apps can now be customized in a variety of ways.
Under Settings, a new Privacy Dashboard has been added, which provides a streamlined view of apps that access the microphone, camera, and location data. Even if any app requests their precise location, users can now share their approximate location with apps instead of their precise location.
Finally, Android 12 adds microphone and camera indicators to let users know when an app is accessing the device’s microphone, camera, or both. Quick Settings now allows users to quickly disable app access to the microphone and camera. Users can now be notified if an app is reading data from their clipboard.
On Android 12, Google claims to have reduced the CPU time used by core system services by 22% and big cores by 15%. The time it takes for an app to start up is also said to have been improved. Android 12 also prevents background apps from launching foreground services. The Neural Networks API from Google also promises faster Machine Learning.
These are the most important features. Pixel users, on the other hand, may get Android 12 by the end of the month, while non-Pixel users may have to wait a little longer.
Which Phones Will Get Android 12 First?
This year, unlike previous years, the rollout to even Pixel devices is slightly delayed. However, Google has stated that the update will be available in the coming weeks, most likely by the end of this month. However, not all Pixel devices are compatible with Android 12.
The original Pixel will not receive the update, but all other Pixel phones will receive it soon. The following is a list of the devices that will receive the update first.
- Google Pixel 5
- Google Pixel 5a
- Google Pixel 4a and 4a 5G
- Google Pixel 4 and 4XL
- Google Pixel 3 and 3XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 2 and 2XL
Apart from the first-generation Pixel, all Pixel phones released up to this point will receive the update first, ahead of everyone else. However, some older phones from OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Realme, as well as Samsung and Oppo, will receive the update first. Google has invited developers to prepare their apps for the update.
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