During the Google I/O 2021 event, Google announced Android 12, a significant update coming later this year. Google also introduced a brand new design language, Material You, in this “overhaul.”
Android 12 brings the most significant design change in the history of Android. Google has rethought the entire experience, from color to shape, light, and movement. The result is an Android 12 that is more intuitive, dynamic, and personalized than ever before. Below is a list of new features that will appear on Android 12 and devices that can update to Android 12 immediately.
Starting with Android 12 on Pixel devices, you’ll be able to completely personalize your phone with a custom color scheme and redesigned widgets. With a feature that Google calls color extraction when you change the wallpaper, and the system automatically determines which colors are dominant, which colors complement and which colors look great. It then applies those colors across the operating system as a whole: notification bubbles, lock screen, volume controls, new widgets, and more.
This work is being done in close collaboration between Google’s software, hardware, and Material Design teams. As a result, Google consolidates its software and hardware ecosystem under a single design language called Material You
Smooth motions and effects.
According to Google, when you hold a device running Android 12 in your hand, you’ll feel how realistic every touch, swipe, and scroll on the screen is.
The phone will quickly respond to the user’s touch with smooth motion and effects. For example, when ignoring notifications on the lock screen, the clock will appear larger to let you know you have all the information.
Redesigned system space
Some virtual spaces on the phone – like the notification drawer, quick settings, and even the power button – have been purposefully reshaped to help you get things done better.
Notification bubbles are more intuitive and playful, with a quick, crisp view of your app notifications, whatever you’re currently listening to or watching, and Quick Settings that let you Realistic control of the entire operating system with just one swipe and touch.
Not only does Quick Settings look different, but it’s also been redesigned to include Google Pay and Home Controls while still allowing for customization so you can have everything you need most in one easily accessible place.
Another very convenient change is that you can long-press the power button to call up the Google Assistant, ask it to make a call, open the app, ask a question, and read articles on the website aloud.
New privacy feature
Android 12 cares more about users’ privacy and safety when it brings the new Privacy Dashboard feature. The Privacy Dashboard clarifies which apps are accessing your data and lets you choose what information apps are allowed to access. You can also easily revoke app permissions in the Privacy Dashboard.
Google has added an indicator to the upper right of the status bar, near the battery icon and the signal column, so you know when an app is accessing your phone’s mic or camera. This alert is directly visible without having to open the notification bar.
And if you want to revoke the mic and camera access of these apps, just turn them off in Quick Settings.
Google added a new permission, so-called approximate location permission, to limit apps to only seeing your approximate location rather than your exact location. So a weather app, for example, doesn’t need to know your same place to make a good forecast.
Android Private Compute Core
Android Private Computer Core (APCC) is what Google calls “integrating privacy protections directly into the operating system.” It allows Google to introduce new private technologies by design, keeping your information safe, confidential, and stored on your phone.
APCC enables features like Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply. All audio and language processing occurs on the device, which is “isolated” from the network to protect your privacy.
The protections in APCC are open source and fully verifiable by the security community.
Unlock your car with your phone
Google says it’s working with automakers to produce digital keys right in Android 12. This feature promises to be able to lock, unlock and even start cars from your phone.
Thanks to Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, users don’t even need to take their phone out of their pocket to unlock the car. If your car supports NFC, you need to touch the phone to the car door to open it. Because it’s an electronic key, you can also securely and remotely share your car keys with friends and family if you lend them your car.
Other confirmed new features
- One-handed mode
Phones are getting bigger and bigger, which means that using the phone with one hand will be extremely difficult. So perhaps the one-handed feature will be available on Android 12.
- Share Wifi password via Nearby Share
In addition to the ability to share wifi passwords via QR, in Android 12, you can tap the “Nearby” button below the QR code in the image above. This will transmit the wifi credentials to anyone you like, using Android’s Nearby Share feature.
Thanks to that, you can share wifi password with many people without giving your phone to them to scan.
- Widget changes
There are many new widgets in development, including the weather widget in this photo. In addition, when adding widgets to the screen, you will see multiple widget categories at the same time, making it easy to add and find your favorite gadgets.
- Update Android 12 via Google Play
Android Runtime (ART) will be added to Project Mainline – Google Play’s system update program. This will allow the company to push important updates to ART and other essential Android 12 services through Google Play. Google also notes that more module updates will be made through the Project Mainline shortly.
There are also some sources mentioning game team mode, picture-in-picture improvements. But we don’t have much information or images about them on Android 12.
List of devices getting Android 12 update today
Here are the devices that will be able to upgrade to Android 12 today.
- Xiaomi Mi 11
- Xiaomi Mi11 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi11i
- Xiaomi Mi11X Pro
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
- OnePlus 9″
- OnePlus 9 Pro
- Oppo Find X3 Pro#
- Realme GT
Sharp: The device has not been announced.
- Zenfone 8
- Nokia X20
- TECNO CAMON 17
- TCL 20 Pro
- iQOO 7 Legend
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra
New features of Android 12 beta 2
Last month, Google announced Android 12 at the Google I/O 2021 event. However, on Android 12 beta 1, many of Google’s features have not yet appeared. With the launch of Android 12 beta 2, a few promising features have been rolled out. We invite you to learn about:
- Color extraction feature
The ability to automatically extract the dominant color from the wallpaper to set it up for the whole system is one of the new and impressive features of Android 12. However, it is not until Android 12 beta 2 that users can enjoy this new feature.
However, it is still not as fully functional as the demo. Specifically, users are not allowed to select colors for the system manually.
- Privacy Dashboard
With the updated Privacy Dashboard, users can control the privacy status of their phones. Just open the Privacy Dashboard, and you have all information related to application access rights, location data, camera, microphone.
- More privacy and security features
The ability to show an indicator when an app is accessing the camera and microphone has also been updated in Android 12 beta 2. Along with that, you can disable the camera and microphone so that no app can access them. Finally, the system will notify you when an application accesses clipboard content.
- Connection change
Android 12 beta 2 gives you a new way to interact with connections. On Android 11, long-pressing on WiFi Quick Tile will take you to the network settings of the Settings app. But now, Android 12 beta 2 gives you a nifty pop-up with buttons and links.
New features and patches on Android 12 beta 2.1
While iOS 15 betas are still standing with version 1.0, Android 12 beta has released version 2.1 with the following tweaks and patches:
- Bugs fixed on Android 12 beta 2.1
- It fixes a bug that prevented users from doing things from the lock screen like swiping down to see notifications, swiping to clear information, or swiping up to unlock.
- Fixes a bug that prevented information like weather and calendar events from showing on the At a Glance widget on the home or lock screen
- Fixes a bug that caused flickering or unstable animations when accessing recently opened apps with gestures
- Fixes an issue that caused the camera and microphone opening indicators to freeze and disappear until the device was restarted
- Addresses an issue using the Android Emulator with an Android Virtual Device (AVD) running Android 12 causes the AVD device to fail to connect to the internet.
- Addresses an issue that causes users to be stuck at the Android Beta 12 installation screen.
If you’re running the Android 12 beta, you’ll soon receive an OTA update to the 2.1 beta update. And if you install it now, you will always install Android 12 beta 2.1.
It is expected that Google will launch the Android 12 official version after reaching the Android 12 beta 4 versions in August this year. The list of devices running Android 12 beta right now you can see above.
What do you think about the changes on Android 12? Which feature are you most excited about?