Android 12: All the New Features of the Next-Generation Android

Google released the first beta of Android 12 at its I/O keynote on Tuesday, 18th May, and provided a completely new look with the new features that will be available alongside the future software updates.

Android has all the time been about individualization and lets users select the device, service, and experience that they want. Users always have a choice of an open ecosystem provided by Google. Over 3 billion devices are actively running on Android worldwide.

Google builds Android 12 everything users love about Android and mainly focuses on building a great personal smartphone. Google developed an operating system that is a secure and private design, which is making all Android devices work much better together.

The new Android 12 includes the biggest change in design in the history of Android with changing the complete experience through different colors of shapes, lights, and motions.


UPDATE – 5 October 2021: Google Now Officially Released Android 12

Today, Google officially confirmed on its Android Developers site that the next-generation Android is now live to the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) but noted that even if you’ve Pixel devices, you will be started getting the new update from the next few weeks.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5A, and the latest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, these Pixel devices are eligible to get the newest and major Android update.

On the blog page, Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering at Google, also confirmed that the eligible smartphones of Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi will get the Android 12 update later this year.


What’s New in Next-Generation Android 12

Material You

Users can completely customize their Pixel devices with the new Android 12 with the custom color palette and redesigned widgets.

Using Material You, Users can completely customize their Pixel devices with the new Android 12

If a user chooses any color type of wallpaper, the system applies those colors across the complete operating system including the lock screen, the new widgets, the volume controls, the notification shade, and much more, which is called Material You in Google’s design language.

Fluid Motion and Animations

According to Google, every tap, swipe, and scroll of the Android 12 responds with smooth motion and animations. For example, when users dismiss their notifications on the lock screen, the clock will appear larger in size.

Android 12 is now faster, fluid, more responsive with better power efficiency, and reducing the use of big core by the system server by up to 15% and also reducing the time of CPU required for core system services by up to 22%.

Redesigned System Spaces

Users can now practically control the complete operating system with just a tap and a swipe. The notification shade is more intuitive with a crisp that changes users’ view of the app notifications in a fluid way.

The Quick Settings is rebuilt to include Home Controls and Google Pay, and other customization options available as well. Users can now invoke Google Assistant by long-press the power button to open apps, make a phone call, ask questions, or read-heavy text and articles.

Design With Privacy and Security in Mind

New features of Android 12 provide more transparency around which apps are accessing users’ data, and more controls on apps to access private information.

The new Privacy Dashboard delivers what data is being accessed, by which app, and how often – in a single view. Users can easily revoke app permissions right from the Privacy dashboard.

At the top right corner of the status bar, Google has added a new indicator to allow users to know which apps are accessing their microphone and camera, and users can also remove app access for the entire system by off two new toggles in Quick Settings.

The new Privacy Dashboard delivers about which apps accessing your data
Image Credit: Google

Google also gives more control to users on apps with limited to seeing only approximate location instead of the exact location.

Google also introduced Android Private Compute Core to let them keep the safe and private personal information of users and enables features such as Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply.

Android Private Compute Core is fully inspectable, open-source, and verifiable by the security community. “There are more privacy security features coming later this with software updates that maintain the highest standards of safety, privacy, and security,” Google said.

Other Features

There are other new several features that come in Android 12 such as scrolling screenshots, conversation widgets to bring the favorite people to the home screen, and much more.

Google will also deliver Android 12 to third-party app stores, and users can find many of these new features in Android 12 Beta that is available on Pixel and other devices.

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