March 9, 2021 12:03 PM
Android 12 Update

Android 12 Update: Everything We Know So Far

Find out if your device is eligible for the next version of Android

A few months ago Google launched the stable version of Android 11 and the Pixel devices were the first to snatch it as anticipated. Android 11 was launched with a lot of amazing features that we as a user really wanted it a lot. For starters the chat bubbles, dark mode scheduling, new privacy settings, one-time permissions, etc. Android 11 is still not available for all the devices as it may take a few more months. But Google always thinks out of the box. They are working on Android 12 and they revealed some of the features via Developer Preview. So, let’s don’t waste any more time and check out the future features for Android 12 or future builds.

What is Android 12?

Android 12 is the twelfth major major version of the Android operating system. The most prominent change with this new Android 12 update will be in the interface-level as Google plans to change the way we currently view notifications. With Android 12 we will be seeing smoother animations thought the entire system too. In terms of notifications, one of the biggest changes will be the inclusion of notifications for applications with custom views that will be based on a standard template.

Android 12 logo

Next, we have improvements in terms of image and video. With even the Developer Preview 1, devices will bring compatible media transcoding that will result in support for HEVC video capture. Additionally, we will also see support for the AV1 Image File Formats. These files have superior image quality as compared to jpeg files while maintaining the same low image size. Apps will also be able to use audio-coupled haptic feedback with Android 12 running on board. Coupled with an impressive haptic motor on a flagship smartphone, this might prove to be an immersive experience for end-users.

Android 12 will also come with Android Runtime (ART) module that will allow Google to push new software updates directly into the core runtime and libraries that are available on the devices. With more and more foldable launching, Google is making sure that they have the software optimized for such impressive hardware.

With an attempt to make the Android system more secure, Google is including modern SameSite cookie behaviours in WebView, Restricted Netlink MC, and safer exporting of components to prevent apps from exporting data collected on activities, services, and receivers. Google has put up an entire webpage explaining the new privacy and security changes that will come with Android 12.

So Google has catered to almost every aspect of the OS to make it more secure and interactive than before. We will definitely see a ton of new things in the coming future as this is only the developer preview build of Android 12. The new features of Android 12 included in the developer preview will be optimized with every new release from Google and we will see some new changes when the beta update starts rolling out too.

Android 12 Developer Preview

Five months after the release of the stable Android 11, Google has finally released the Developer Preview 1 of Android 12. The last public release of Android 11 was back in September and from that point onwards, all smartphone manufacturers have released their version of Android 11 for their smartphones. The developer preview that has now been released is not intended for those end consumers though. This preview built is strictly for developers of Android applications so that they can update or modify their apps for the next big Android update.

Compatibility

Initially, this preview built will be pushed out to only Pixel users. This includes Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5. And for those developers who don’t own any of the mentioned Pixel devices will have to use Android Emulator in Android Studio and installed the system image of Android 12 developer preview 1 on it. Do make sure that even if you are a developer, you should not install this preview built on your primary smartphone. This is the farthest from a stable built and hence it is sure to be full of bugs and other similar issues. This built is strictly intended for Android developers and hence the name Developer preview.

Here is the list of expected Android 12 features

  • Scrolling Screenshots
  • Better Notification Snoozing
  • New One-handed mode
  • Emergency SOS button.
  • Improved screenshot editor
  • Updated Nearby Share feature
  • Enhanced Cloud Backups
  • More Limitation to Background App Killing
  • More Purification of Gesture Navigation
  • Better Third-party Launcher Experience
  • Third-Party App Stores

Scrolling Screenshots

With the Scrolling screenshot, you can take a long screenshot by scrolling down or up which is quite useful for users. Companies like Samsung, Realme, OnePlus have the ability to take long screenshots but its a mystery why Google can’t crack the code. Let’s hope they can give this feature on the Android 12 final build.

Enhanced Cloud Backups

Google is giving more priority to Cloud backups. They are working on giving more information on which devices are backed up with the same email and also how fresh is that backup. This specific feature will come in handy for users with multiple devices. Currently, the process of backup has a limit of 25MB of app data but more size is needed especially for heavy users. So, they will work on this while keeping in mind the consumption of data along with the battery life. Also, there is sad news because Google is planning to turn down ADB backup in the next few Android releases.

More Limitation to Background App Killing

Google has the habit of killing background apps to help improve the battery life of a device. Android11 has the feature that will alert users of killing background apps also adding a new feature that will help users to check why their apps were killed. Google claims that they do it to improve battery life and protect users from misbehaving apps. They said that these are small steps in the right direction but they didn’t finish it yet. They further mentioned that they are working to maintain a balance between the developer community and the best battery life.

More Purification of Gesture Navigation

The implementation of full gestural navigation from Android 10 and onwards was a great move but the back gesture interferes with the slide-in menus and it feels a little clumsy sometimes. Google states “From a system perspective, we’re still trying to figure out if we want swipes to ever invoke the hamburger menu – given back swipe’s >300 times/day/user usage, we’ll continue biasing against hamburger menu’s low-use swipe (especially as users are more likely to tap the hamburger menu button on non-gesture-nav modes to access the menu versus swiping from the edge).” It is good to know that Google knows that the Gesture Navigation is not flawless and that they are still working on improving the back gesture nav.

Better Third-party Launcher Experience

We all like to make our Android feels and looks beautiful by customizing it with 3rd party launchers. But it isn’t great for Android 10 when it comes to gesture navigation. Google states that they are working on it and they have made various improvements in Android 11 be it better animations on the app, switching/going home transitions for launchers. Google claims  “We’re still assessing the best approach to turn some of the deeper interfaces needed into stable, public APIs and hope to have more to share here in a future release.” It’s not known whether these features/updates will be ready by the Android 12 launch or not but better customization, stability, and compatibility in a launcher are all users crave.

Third-Party App Stores

Google has announced through a blog post that Android 12 will bring third-party app stores. It will make it easier for people to use other app stores on their smartphones.

Android 12 Release Date

ANDROID 11 BUILDSRELEASE TIMELINE
Developer Preview 1 February 2021
Developer Preview 2March 2021
Developer Preview 3April 2021
Beta 1May 2021
Beta 2 and 3June-July 2021
Beta 4August 2021
Stable BuildSeptember 2021
(Expected)

Google has released the first Android 12 Developer Preview Build in February 2021. The first Beta Build will be released in May 2021. Google has said that Android 12 will reach the ‘Platform Stability’ stage through the Android 12 Beta 4 stage mentioned to release in August. The stable Android 12 build is expected to be released in September 2021. Initially, the stable version will be rolled out to Google’s Pixel phones. Later other OEMs like OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme will also join the Search Giant to offer Android 12 for their handsets.

Android symbol

List of Phones Eligible for Android 12 Update (Expected)

  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Xiaomi Mi 11
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 10
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
  • Redmi Note 9 5G
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G
  • Redmi K30 Pro 5G
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30S
  • Poco X2
  • Poco X3 NFC
  • Poco X3
  • Poco F2 Pro
  • Poco M2 Pro
  • Realme 6 Pro
  • Realme 7
  • Realme 7i
  • Realme 7 Pro
  • Realme X50
  • Realme X50 Pro
  • Realme Narzo 20 Pro
  • Realme X7
  • Realme X7 Pro
  • Realme X3
  • Realme X3 Super Zoom
  • Asus ROG Phone 3
  • Asus Zenfone 7
  • Asus Zenfone 7 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy F41
  • Samsung Galaxy F62
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M31 Prime
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy A42
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy M51
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 8
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • OnePlus Nord
  • OnePlus Nord N10 5G
  • OnePlus Nord N100
  • OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
  • OnePlus 7
  • Nokia 3.4
  • Nokia 2.4
  • Nokia 8.3 5G
  • Nokia 8 V 5G UW
  • Nokia 5.3
  • Vivo iQOO 3 4G
  • Vivo iQOO 3 5G
  • Vivo NEX 3S 5G
  • Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G
  • Vivo X60 Pro 5G
  • Vivo X60 5G
  • Vivo iQOO Z1
  • Vivo iQOO U1x
  • Vivo V20
  • Vivo V20 Pro
  • Vivo V20 SE
  • Vivo iQOO 5 Pro 5G
  • Vivo iQOO 5 5G
  • Vivo X51
  • Vivo X50 Pro+
  • Vivo X50 Pro
  • Vivo X50
  • Vivo X50 Lite
  • Vivo Z6 5G
  • Oppo A55 5G
  • Oppo Reno5 5G
  • Oppo Reno5 Pro+ 5G
  • Oppo A53 5G
  • Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
  • Oppo Reno4 F
  • Oppo A73
  • Oppo A93
  • Oppo Reno4 Z 5G
  • Oppo Reno4 Lite
  • Oppo Reno4 SE
  • Oppo F17 Pro
  • Oppo F17
  • Oppo Reno4
  • Oppo A72 5G
  • Oppo Ace2
  • Oppo Find X2 Pro
  • Oppo Find X2
  • Oppo Find X2 Neo
  • Oppo Find X2 Lite
  • Oppo K7 5G
  • Oppo A92
  • Oppo A92s
  • Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G
  • Oppo Reno3 5G
  • Oppo Reno3 Youth
  • Moto G 5G
  • Moto G30
  • Moto Edge S
  • Motorola Razr 5G
  • Motorola Moto G9 Plus
  • Motorola One 5G UW
  • Motorola One 5G
  • Motorola Moto G9 Play
  • Motorola Moto G9 (India)
  • Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
  • Motorola One Fusion
  • Motorola One Fusion+
  • Motorola Edge+
  • Motorola Edge

About Akash Jyoti Das

Akash Jyoti Das
Being a tech aficionado, Akash is highly fanatic about smartphones from a very young age. He is always aware of the latest happenings in the tech industry. In his free time, he loves playing PC games and flashing custom ROMs. Email: ajdas1008@gmail.com

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