Android 12 is in beta, but has already reached a status closer to stability with Android 12 Beta 4 on August 11. The release of its final version is expected to take place between September and October 2021. The successor to Android 11 brings new design, with the adoption of Material You,and also focuses on privacy features. The update is expected to arrive for recent smartphones from Samsung, Motorola, Xiaomi and other manufacturers, most often expected to from 2022.
What’s new in features on Android 12?
Privacy in focus
Android 12 was introduced by Google during I/O 2021. At the time, the company cited some privacy features that will appear on the new system, including the new Privacy Panel, which more clearly displays the permissions an app has to access each type of data or function of your device.
The panel has arrived at Android 12 Beta 2, and can now be used by those who participate in the testing program. The version also brought active microphone and camera indicators, which allow you to identify in real time when an app is using these features, and buttons to quickly disable apps’ access to these features.
Another privacy feature of Android 12 is the clipboard read notification, which lets you know when a software is reading the stored content. Just like on iOS, you’ll be able to choose which apps use your precise location and which ones will receive your approximate location.
Design Material You adapt to you
The interface with Material You promises to adapt to your style, whatever it may be, being “accessible for all needs and adaptable for each screen”. System elements will be able to change color according to your wallpaper using complementary shades. In addition, the quick controls are larger and customizable.
Navigating the system promises to be a more fluid experience, with new animations that adapt to the available screen space. For example, by checking all notifications on the lock screen with reads, the watch will increase in size to make it clear that there is nothing left to see there.
Another possibility: when the phone is placed for battery recharge, a new circular animation will be displayed. If the recharging is done with cable, the circle will appear in the center of the screen; if by induction (wireless), the circle effect will begin at the bottom edge and follow upwards.
Google will also pay more attention to widgets by implementing new interactive controls, including check boxes and radio buttons. Something that should be left out is the customization of Wi-Fi fonts and icons, possible even Android 11. On the subject, the company explained the following:
The Google Assistant also promises to get more useful. In Android 12 Beta 1, the software brought greater integration with third-party applications to receivecommands, such as giving play on music player. With the shortcuts function in the wizard, you can perform the most diverse actions in apps, such as ordering lunch in a delivery app.
Third-party widgets will also be more integrated with the Google Assistant for extracting information without having to open the main app.
Games on Android 12
Gamers on duty can celebrate this new feature: Android 12 will allow users to play titles even if the entire download has not yet been completed. In addition, the system will have a panel with tools that promise to help improve the gaming experience and performance.
“Users want to start playing right away, but as the quality of the game continues to improve, its size increases, leading to long and boring downloads,” Google explained.
Comparison between mobile phone without “play while you download” (left) and with the feature (right) (Image: Playback/XDA-Developers)
New network configuration, hibernating apps, and more functions
To facilitate connection management, Android 12 has an Internet dashboard that allows you to easily switch between carriers and Wi-Fi networks, already released on Android 12 Beta 4. Options can be accessed from the quick settings center, via a pop-up.
To save your smartphone storage, Android 12 will also allow you to hibernate underused apps (and long-running programs may hibernate automatically). In this way, temporary files are deleted and there is also less risk of security issues.
Good news for developers (and also for users, of course), is that Android 12 is making it easier to use alternative app stores. The feature known as “setRequireUserAction” indicates whether or not the user’s action is required to start installing a package.
By eenable it, an app store can update an app without requiring confirmation. The requirements are that the user grant permission to the platform permission to install applications from unknown sources,and that the app is in accordance with the new system method, using API level 29 (Android 10) or higher.
Some Google Photos issues should also be fixed with the new version of OS. The first is that screenshots will no longer be automatically sent to the cloud, and images can be erased without the user having to respond whether the action should continue or not.
Android 12 Beta 3 also revealed the possibility of taking prints from an entire page- including hidden parts – something similar to what already exists on Samsung phones and also on the iPhone. The new version of tests also brought improvements to automatic screen rotation and system search.
New Android 12 screen capture tool (Image: Playback/Google)
Google claims to have reduced by 22% the CPU time required for core system services. And to save your phone’s battery, Android 12 also uses 15% less heavy task cores, which consume more power.
Which phones will receive Android 12?
Several manufacturers have already secured the android 12 update for their recent phones. As a rule, most of the models released in the last two years should receive the update when it is released to everyone by Google.
Samsung has the best update policy at the moment — devices from the Galaxy A and S lines such as the Galaxy A51, Galaxy A72, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S20 have already been confirmed as compatible with the new OS. Even phones like the Galaxy A01 and A11 make the list, although this is probably your last version update. Samsung has also confirmed that it is preparing the One UI 4 Beta,testing version of the Android 12-based interface, which will be available “soon” first for Galaxy S21 family smartphones.
On the other hand, some cheap motorola models, such as the Moto G10, have no warranty of Android version update. The Moto G60, however, has guaranteed upgrade. We’ll have to wait for motorola confirmation of other older phones.
Xiaomi will update several devices of the line Mi 10, Mi 11, Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 10 and Poco, but based on the history of the manufacturer, intermediate models may take time to receive the update.
The list of phones that are already entitled to Android 12 Beta is as follows:
- Asus Zenfone 8 (ZS590KS)
- Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3A, 3a XL, 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a(5G),5
- Nokia X20
- OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro
- Oppo Find X3 Pro (CPH2173)
- Realme GT
- Sharp Aquos R6
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- Tecno Camon 17
- Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
- Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i and Mi 11X Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G (China)
Probably all of these should get quick access to the final version of Android 12 —the Pixel being a priority, of course.
To learn how to download Android 12 Beta, you should follow the guidelines on Google’s official website, through this link, according to the brand of your smartphone.