Android 11 was an replace that was better than the sum of its components. Smaller options like chat bubbles, dialog notifications, and a built-in display screen recorder do not sound all that spectacular on their very own. Mixed into one seamless bundle, nonetheless, Android 11 was a fairly nice replace for Google’s cellular OS.
We’re now in 2021, and earlier than you understand it, we’ll be taking part in round with the primary developer preview of Android 12. Particulars on the subsequent huge replace are nonetheless few and much between, besides, that is not going to cease us from speculating and making a number of educated guesses about the place we’re headed subsequent.
From rumored options, interface adjustments, availability, and extra — this is the whole lot we all know up to now about Android 12!
Android 12 Availability
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Whereas the timing of Android model releases has modified over time, the previous few have been fairly constant. Listed below are the dates for the final 4 releases:
- Android 8.0 — August 21, 2017
- Android 9 — August 6, 2018
- Android 10 — September 3, 2019
- Android 11 — September 8, 2020
With these dates in thoughts, we would assume that the general public construct of Android 12 is launched in both August or September. A September launch appears extra possible between the 2, on condition that workflows are nonetheless constrained with Google workers working from house.
It’s attainable Google must push Android 12 way back to October or November, however from the place we’re proper now, we would anticipate a September launch window.
Android 12 Beta
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Earlier than we are able to even take into consideration a public launch, nonetheless, we have to speak about beta availability. Developer previews and public betas are a giant issue for any Android replace, and as soon as once more, with Android 12, that will not be altering.
The primary developer previews for Android 10 and Android 11 have been each launched in February, and except one thing drastic is going on behind the scenes, we would count on Android 12 to observe in these footsteps. That preliminary developer preview is normally fairly barebones in the case of new options and design components, that means we’ll want to attend till later builds earlier than we’ve a full thought of what Android 12 will appear like.
Google normally exhibits all of its playing cards by the point it declares the general public beta for a brand new Android model, and whereas that sometimes occurs in Might, it was delayed till June final yr because of COVID-19. We’re crossing our fingers the primary public beta is launched in Might as soon as once more, however do not be shocked if we’re met with one other June date.
Android 12 Options
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It is one factor to speak about when a brand new Android replace will probably be launched, nevertheless it’s much more enjoyable discussing what new toys and adjustments we’ll get to play with as the brand new software program is rolled out. Here is what we all know up to now.
Because of some digging by the parents at 9to5Google, it seems that Google is prepping a Pixel-specific Android 12 characteristic that might mean you can double-tap the again of its telephones to carry out sure actions. Together with performing as one other shortcut for opening Google Assistant, the double-tap is also used to snooze alarms, take a screenshot, and so on.
This characteristic was noticed in Android 11 betas and got here with the codename of “Columbus.” It clearly by no means made its solution to the general public construct, however trying forward at Android 12, it might lastly get its likelihood to shine.
One other Pixel-specific characteristic might come within the type of an auto-rotate update — particularly, utilizing the orientation of your face to assist your Pixel decide when to alter the show to horizontal or vertical. We have all had auto-rotate flip our display screen unintentionally due to the gyroscope getting confused for one cause or one other, so having a characteristic like this to eliminate these false positives could possibly be actually useful.
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As for extra common options that are not unique for Pixel telephones, one report from 9to5Google says that Android 12 could introduce a system-wide one-handed mode (one thing we requested for in our Android 12 wish list). After performing a fast gesture, Android 12’s one-handed mode will apparently shrink the UI vertically to present you a shorter, wider look. From there, you may exit the mode with both one other gesture or by ready for a timeout interval.
It is also being reported that Android 12 will provide enhancements to picture-in-picture, and primarily based on what we’re listening to proper now, it sounds lots like how Apple carried out PiP with iOS 14. According to XDA, Android 12 will mean you can quickly cover a PIP window off your display screen, together with a pinch-to-zoom gesture to make the window smaller or bigger.
Android 12 Interface
We’ve not seen a significant redesign for Android for the reason that shift from Holo to Materials Design again in 2014, and primarily based on the most recent leaks, Android 12 might mark the subsequent huge shift we see for the Android OS as we all know it. On February 8, 2021, a collection of Android 12 mockups have been shared by the nice of us at XDA Developers. What you are seeing above is a rendering of what Android 12 could appear like, and whereas nothing right here is official or confirmed, it’s a probably thrilling glimpse at what’s to return.
Proper off the bat, it will seem that widgets are getting a substantial makeover in Android 12. Widgets have been a giant focus for Apple final yr with iOS 14, and for Android 12, Google could possibly be taking a number of notes from Apple’s strategy to present Android widgets a much-needed refresh.
You may additionally discover the system-wide theming all through the mockups — with the whole lot from app icons, widgets, and different components all through the UI that includes colours that match the tan/sandy wallpaper. Phrase on the road is that Android 12 will introduce the most robust theming engine we have ever seen for the platform, and these mockups could possibly be exhibiting off precisely that.
Another report from XDA notes that these numerous adjustments are all a part of Google’s subsequent huge design evolution for Android — apparently referred to as “Materials NEXT.” Along with the adjustments seen within the renders above, different adjustments with Materials NEXT are stated to incorporate rearranging of lock display screen and AOD icons, a brand new UI for the lock sample characteristic, and new clock/customization choices on the lock display screen.
Materials NEXT possible is not the official title for this new design language, however what is obvious is that Android as we all know it might feel and look a lot completely different within the coming months.