We will explain all you need to know about Android 12, Google’s latest operating system that includes several minor upgrades and a system that changes design thanks to Material You.
Every year, a new version of the mobile operating system is released, and it appears that Android will be significantly revamped in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.
Since hidden system options are published virtually every week, and some developers and ‘leakers’ discover them, there is a strong desire to see the final version of Android 12. Essential ones, however, are already known. And so that you have all of the information in one place, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about Android 12.
The design is drastically different, and it is the most significant change of Google’s interface in recent years. It is based on Material You, a language that allows users to influence the design of the interface.
That is, depending on the wallpaper we use. The system will use many hues and tones. It will not be a huge adjustment for some, but it will be welcome for others. I have to say that it has grown on me in the weeks I’ve been using Android 12.
There are new animations and a new grid on the home screen; the always-on screen has a changed layout with a large clock with no alerts and a smaller clock when there are messages, new transitions, and shadows on icons to make them more three dimensional, and Quick Tiles.
As we can see, the notification and access drawer have been changed, and we now have a new approach to engage with information.
If we tap on them, we will be sent right to the application, even from the lock screen, making it easier to find what we are looking for.
Furthermore, we will have better control over pop-up notifications and their repetition.
Google appears to be taking widgets more seriously, and they are working on a weather widget. Nonetheless, in addition to our advances, we have a new menu in which we perceive the widgets differently. The organization has improved, and now distinct groups will be segregated more precisely, rather than all together, as previously.
The Wi-Fi Good Samaritan
In addition to sharing our Wi-Fi via an easy-to-distribute QR code, Android 12 will include a ‘Nearby’ action that will transfer our network credentials to a device close to ours.
Both modes are simple to use, but those with us will no longer need to scan a QR code on our screen.
You’ll know if the camera or mic is on
One of iOS 15’s security features is the small warning light in the top left corner and informs you whether an app is accessing the camera or microphone.
In Android 12, we will be able to see the same thing, and we will also be able to manage access to both the camera and the microphone at all times.
It’s an example of the privacy and security features that Google will provide in Android 12 to make apps know less about us if we want them to.
AppSearch, a revamped search engine
AppSearch is the new Android 12 search engine, which is far more sophisticated and capable of discovering specific files within an app.
The double-tap disappeared in Android 11
We saw rapid back tap actions to open apps in iOS 15, and it was something that was being developed for Android 11 but was omitted.
With Android 12, this feature will be restored to allow apps, such as the camera, to open faster.
AVIF images and HEVC videos
And, while we’re on the subject of cameras, new compression formats for both photos and videos are available.
The system now supports AVIF, a compressed image format with superior image quality than JPEG.
Furthermore, we will see HEVC videos in the system and a transcoding engine so that applications that do not support this codec can access the content.
When it comes to gaming, devices with haptic systems and surround sound appear to be improving.
It’s a little hazy. Nonetheless, Google informs us of a different vibration for each incoming call, which would allow us to recognize the caller solely by vibration, or a system in which we notice more the road or more rugged terrain in a card game. In any event, it will be up to app developers to capitalize on this.
Finally, Android 12 will make many enhancements as to how the system interacts with the hardware to reduce CPU use in specific tasks, which will be helpful for less powerful devices.
There will undoubtedly be more features hidden in the system, as with each new beta release, alternatives are discovered, but the ones we have shown are, for the most part, all of the important ones.
Now all that remains is to wait for the new Pixel 6, the official Pixel upgrade. The latter always throws us off, but it appears that Google could develop a method of system upgrades provided through the Play Store rather than OTA, which could speed up the process.
We’ll see, but Android 12 will undoubtedly change many things, and we can’t wait to see the final version.