Android is the unbeatable, most popular operating system for smartphones. It is currently running on more than 3 billion mobile phones all around the world. On June 9 of this year, Google introduced the second Beta version of the imminent latest update Android 12. This new update seems to bring some major changes in the overall Android features. This article will elaborate on some of the crucial changes the world is going to observe in Android 12. Let’s get started.
What is Android 12?
Android 12 is the name of the 12th major release of the Android smartphone operating system. Including all the beta versions released, the Android 12 will be the 19th version of the operating system.
It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance, which is a pack of around 84 companies to determine the open standards for smartphones. HTC, Qualcomm, Dell, and Intel are a few of the major names among the alliance members. Google has led the alliance in developing the Android 12.
On February 18, 2021, the Google team announced the upcoming Android update releasing the first developer preview. After delivering two more developer reviews on March 17, and April 21, Google gave away the first Beta version on May 18. Afterward, a second Beta version came out on June 9 to let the world taste a share of the final Android 12 release.
Rumors about Android 12
The hype and sensation created by both Beta version releases are incomparable to that of any other Android update. Peoples’ hope and expectation have given birth to loads of rumors about the features that might be in the Android 12. Here are some of them:
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This feature will let users open and run two different apps simultaneously via an Edge panel.
Android 12 can have a more controlled management system for network distribution. Users can set which apps can connect with the internet and which can’t.
Authentic Key Features of Android 12
In Beta versions, Google has confirmed some of the features that will surely come to light with the Android 12 final version. From the user interface, design to privacy options, there is a dramatic overhaul to take place in the world of the Android operating system. Let’s deep dive into some of the greatest features in Android 12.
Google has announced that the greatest change in Android 12 will be around its visual properties. According to the company, the visual aspect of the Android will be changed as it has never been done before.
It will have a new color extraction system that can lift the different design elements from the installed wallpaper. When a user sets a new wallpaper, the entire color of the theme and overall system will change based on the dominating color of the wallpaper. It will give a unique vibe to every user’s phone.
Clock on the Lock Screen
One of the first things every user will notice is the change in the lock screen clock of his Android phone. It will be a digital clock and much bigger than the typical one. It will be placed at the center of the total screen.
Some design modifications have also been introduced to the notifications. The window for the notifications has a major change in its style. Notifications will be shown in groups for each app. Also, notifications from non-conversational apps will be shown in a different group. There will also be a convenient snooze option for notifications.
PIN Code Keypad
You will get a freshly designed keypad for imputing PIN code when swiping the screen for unlocking the phone. It will look more minimal, and the buttons are rounded, a bit large with pastel shades. It is assumed that the dialer of the original final version will follow the same design.
The drop-down menu that appears from the top and shows quick settings, notifications won’t have those round toggle buttons anymore. There will be round cornered large rectangle controls instead.
Change in Setting Menu
The primary setting list has also gone through massive tweaks, and mostly, the design and navigation have been simplified. Icons and labels are larger now. Google has removed the extra subheading list of features in the quick setting menu. Additionally, when users reach the bottom or top, they will get a slight bouncy animation.
It is considered one of the major and best changes in Android 12. The Privacy Dashboard will allow users to see the apps that are using different permissions. This feature lets users know which permissions are being accessed by the apps. Furthermore, they will also provide their approximate locations instead of the exact. Some quick toggle buttons have been introduced to control the access of location, camera, and mic.
The media control widget that comes down with the drop-down menu while playing music in the background has been enlarged. Now it spans, covering most of the width. The layout of the widget is also adjusted as it is now more centered. While playing music, by tapping a small icon at the corner of the widget, users can bring up a new playback popup window. It will let users quickly rock the volume and pair a new Bluetooth speaker.
Apart from these features, there are still many features uncovered, as we have discussed only some of the major ones here. The upcoming Android 12 will change how people use their android phones in many ways. However, Google has emphasized more on the design and the privacy functions. Users are hoping that the company will be able to shed all the complaints against it about its less privacy concern with the release of Android 12.