Today, after months of beta testing, Google released its latest software updates for smartphones, tablets and more, and it’s Android 12. Google is uploading the source code to AOSP today, but unfortunately the Google Pixel Android 12 update is not coming for a few more weeks. So here’s what you need to know.
What’s new in Android 12?
By far the most significant change in Android 12 is the new Material You design and customization engine. Google explains it as a tweak that “seeks to create designs that are personal to every style, accessible to every need, vibrant and adaptable to every screen.” Basically, the entire phone interface can be customized or can be automatically changed to suit your unique style. For example, users can set a new background background and Material You will completely change everything to match the style and color palette.
And while customization is great, it’s just a small aspect of a much larger update. Android 12 brings a host of new features, improved performance, better protection of confidential information, enhanced features and enhancements throughout. Here’s a quick list of what to expect when the update hits your phone:
- Material you design
- Redesigned widgets
- Notification interface update
- Stretch overscroll and smoother scrolling
- App launch splash screens
- One-handed mode
- Faster and more efficient system performance
- Optimized services in the foreground
- More responsive messages
- Performance classes
- Faster machine learning
- Privacy dashboard
- Approximate locations
- Microphone and camera indicators for privacy
- Unit permits nearby
- Submission of rich content
- Rounded screen corners
- AVIF image support
- Compatible media coding
- Lighter blur, color filters and effects
- Improved haptics
- New camera effects and sensor features
- Android 12 for games
- and more
Again, this is just a shortlist of the many changes in Android 12, and you can read more here.
With today’s arrival in AOSP, Google expects developers to continue to prepare apps for Android 12’s official launch and global rollout, which is not yet ready. So while Android 12 is here, you will not get an OTA update for a few more weeks.
In fact, Google’s own Android 12 page says, “Until the release of the official Android 12 release for Pixel devices and Android TV, keep using the Beta 5 images for your testing.”
When will your phone get Android 12?
As we mentioned above, this is not the official release of Android 12 for devices worldwide, at least not yet. Google released Android 12 for AOSP, developers can continue to build and test compatibility apps, and users can start compiling ROMs if they want.
However, your Pixel, Samsung, OnePlus and other phones will not get Android 12 for at least a few more weeks.
Google says: “Keep an eye out for Android 12 coming to a device near you starting with Pixel in the next couple of weeks and Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo and Xiaomi devices later this year. ”
Those of you with a Pixel 3, Pixel 4 or Pixel 5 only have a few more weeks to wait. Then we can expect other manufacturers to release the update soon as well. In addition, Google confirmed that it will share more details about Android 12 and the release on October 27 at the Android Developer Summit event.
Basically, this release of Android 12 is for developers, and Google will begin the official global rollout of Android 12 for Pixel in the coming weeks. Stick around.
Source: Google Blog