- Google has officially released Android 12 Developer Preview
- It gives us a first look at the upcoming OS
- The features and design are subject to change with future releases
Google’s upcoming Android operating system i.e. Android 12 is a few months away from the stable release. Now the search engine giant has released Developer Preview 1 of the Android 12. It gives us a glimpse at new features and improvements in the upcoming software version.
The Android 12 Developer Preview is currently available for Pixel devices (Pixel 3 and above). As the name suggests, this is intended for developers only and it’s worth noting that the DP1 is quite unstable and could be loaded with bugs. Users also need to manually install it by flashing the device.
Android 12 Developer Preview: top features
Android 12 Developer Preview introduces a host of new features across various aspects. It also comes with a new user interface called Material NEXT design, according to XDA Developers. Let’s take a look at the changes below.
New user interface
The upcoming Android 12 will now come with a bluish tint that is visible on light and dark themes across the interface. The notification shade and lock screen have a translucent background. It brings ‘Reduce Bright Colours’ option to the Quick Settings toggle. Previously, users had to half swipe the notification and then tap on the snooze button, however, Android 12 gets a notification snooze button and then lets you choose the snooze duration.
Android 12 introduces bigger toggle buttons at the top of the page compared to other toggles below it. The settings app has also been redesigned with colourful icons and the app shortcut menu on the home screen is now wider than before.
The home screen on Android 12 gets a conversation highlight widget that will show recent calls, messages and more from the particular conversation. With the upcoming OS, Google is adding widgets stacks that let users scroll left or right on similar widgets. With this, the search engine giant is aiming to compete with iOS 14’s dynamic widgets.
One-hand mode and scrolling screenshots
Scrolling screenshots are still a bit janky/broken, but it actually works! (It's not enabled by default so you won't see it when you update.) pic.twitter.com/7ih2zQgvZk
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) February 18, 2021
With phones becoming bigger, many devices come with a one-hand mode usage option. The one-hand mode in Android 12 makes it friendly to use with an empty space at the top of the display.
Google has finally added scrolling screenshot feature in Android by default, that allows the user to capture more information into one screenshot. This is a convenient feature as it eliminates the need to take multiple screenshots. Many custom skins including MIUI, OxygenOS and One UI and others offer this feature.
Wi-Fi password sharing
With Android 12, users won’t have to share their Wi-Fi passwords over instant messengers or using a QR code reader. With Nearby Share feature, users can securely and easily share their WiFi passwords with devices nearby by opening the Settings app > WiFi options > Choose Share button > Choose Nearby Share.
The feature searches the user’s contacts and the devices available around them. Users can then send the Wi-Fi password to them and they will see an option to receive it.
Privacy and Security
Android 12 adds the block camera and mute microphone in the Quick Settings tile. Google has introduced an Emergency SOS service that will dial a helpline number in case the power button is pressed five times. One can also add a custom helpline SOS number.
It’s worth noting that Google is yet to announce a beta version of the Android 12, so the Developer Preview should not be used on your daily driver.