Android is the world’s popular smartphone operating system that
runs billions of smartphones around the world. With this, Android
12 is introduced with new features and APIs for developers. Every
year Google releases, a significant software update to its Android
mobile operating system. Android 11 was rolled last year, and
now, in 2021, Android 12 is announced. It’s now available in the
form of a developer preview. This means yet it’s not ready for
public consumption but doesn’t worry, it’s a few months away
from us. Let’s check out Android 12 Developer Preview, its latest
news, and its features.
Which phone will get access to Android 12
Pixel devices will get Android 12 access.
Next, Pixel flagship will probably launch it first.
Partner devices will have an initial rollout.
Which are the devices you need to install
Android 12 developer beta?
● Pixel 3 and 3 XL
● Pixel 3a and 3a XL
● Pixel 4 and 4 XL
● Pixel 4a and 4a (5G)
● Pixel 5
Previously Android 11 supported only Pixel 2 and newer pixel
phones and other handfuls of devices like Xiaomi, OnePlus, and
Realme. With the Android 12 update, it’s likely first to use
selected devices such as Google’s Pixel lineup.
Why is a new update called Android 12?
Last year in September, in one blog post, Google announced in
2021, Android 12 will be released with new features. The aim is
to make things formal where Google uses the basic approach.
Android 12 release is also called Snow Cone, where S moniker
appears briefly in the status bar, which first boosts up.
1. Compatible Media Transcoding
Google introduced a transcoding layer to Android 12 that lets
unsupported apps take advantage of video compression. The
video capture apps that do not support HEVC can now use
Android 12 to transcode the AVC file.
2. AVIF Image Support
The days are gone when JPEG compressed format on mobile is
numbered. Android 12 introduces AVIF image file format support
to provide improved quality. The format is used as an open-
source video codec AV1 that’s introduced to Android 10.
3. Haptic-Coupled Audio Effect
It allows developers to mate with haptic feedback patterns used
with audio in Android 12. The duration and strength of vibrations
are derived from audio cues. It adds a more immersive layer to
4. Rich Content Insertion
Google gives users rich media control through the clipboard,
keyboard, and drag-drop option. New API allows insert and move
media from various sources with supported formats. It includes
plain and styled text to markup, audio files, video files, images,
and more. It allows users to speed up the process of sharing files
with styled text across apps.
5. Enhanced Cookie Handling
Android 12 is all set to bring SameSite Cookie behavior to
WebView. It allows developers to declare cookie that’s limit to a
specific website. The addition enables to improve Android 12
handling of cookies across the OS and various apps. Also, it
allows major Android browsers that are ready to support the
6. Notification Improvements
Android 12 is redesigned to improve the notification system with
improving usability, aesthetics, and functionality. It tweaks the
drawer with controlling and freshening animations and
transitions. Its prompt developer to ditch middle-man broadcast
receivers. It bounces users from the notification to the app.
Google is looking for notification taps that take users directly to
the app itself. Moreover, the company delays the display of some
foreground service notifications by 10 seconds.
7. Conversion Widget
XDA confirms that the widget is functional and is not available
yet on the Pixel launcher. We haven’t found any issue where the
widget doesn’t work with other apps beyond Google’s suite.
Considering this feature at least present in the OS, it’s possible
to unleash what Google adds to Android 12’s development life.
Also, Google’s likely to consider the feature that’s available in the
OS. Also, Google may drop Android 12’s final build is released.
8. Android 12 updates via Google Play
In Google’s play system, ART (Android Runtime) adds to project
Mainline. It allows pushing critical updates and other essential
Android 12 services with Google Play and negating updates
through project mainline, which include transcoding
9. One-Handed Mode
It’s a feature that was first added in DP as a hidden item but
didn’t make its official debut until the second DP. To activate this
feature within the Android setting, one needs to swipe down
anywhere at the bottom of the display. One can bring the top half
or so of the display downwards to better reach any buttons,
feature, or any other icons.
10. New Widget Organization
Whenever you add a widget to a home screen, one can quickly
get more widget categories. It allows you to find the app easily
you’re looking for in the widget and then add the specific widget.
It’s a small change, but it will make the widget easier.
11. Face Based Auto-Rotate
Some rumors point to the inclusion of face-based auto-rotate as
a pixel-exclusive feature. The details uncovered by XDA editor
Mishaal Rahman say the part exists and available to all Android
OEMs. It means Smartphone manufacturers can easily employ on
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