Android 12 Released: Here’s What’s New
Android 12 Released: Here are the details..
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Android 12 is here (just as we predicted), Google has released the new iteration of the operating system to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). We explain what are the important features that the operating system brings.
Google has introduced a new design language called Material You that drastically changes Android’s visuals. It focuses on customization, colors, and fluid animations across the OS. Notification Panel, Quick Settings, Power Button menu has been overhauled. Material You also includes a Wallpaper-based theme feature that uses color extraction. It detects the dominant colors in the background of your home screen and automatically applies the colors to the notification shade, volume controls, lock screen, widgets, etc. implements.
The dynamic wallpaper theme is exclusive to Pixel devices for now, it is expected to be available for more devices when Android 12.1 is released in the future, and some improvements for foldable devices. Google says Android 12 is more power efficient than its predecessor, so we can expect better battery life with it. Did you know that Android 12’s codename is Snow Cone? Here are some of the new widgets in the operating system.
App permissions have been an issue in Android for a long time, you never know which app might be using sensitive data.
Android 12 introduces a new feature called Privacy Dashboard. It lets you control which apps are accessing your microphone, camera, and location data. Use the timeline to further analyze when applications access data and how often. Find something you don’t like and you can revoke the app’s permissions.
Google has added visual indicators that appear in the upper-right corner of the screen to alert you when an app uses your microphone, camera, or location. There are several new widgets that let you control the permissions of apps.
The new operating system lets you set apps to use your approximate location instead of your exact location to protect your privacy. Similarly, the operating system displays a notification when an application accesses the contents of the clipboard.
Extra Brightness Reduction
With Android 12, it is possible to reduce the screen brightness to the lowest levels. Users have a button in the notification bar to quickly access this feature.
Back-Touch Shortcut Feature
The ability to run shortcuts by tapping the back in iOS 14 is also coming to Android phones with Android 12. For this, users can assign various shortcuts from the accessibility settings of their phones.
Appseacrh Device search
Application search can be done on offline device without internet connection
New simple widget display (widgets)
The design isn’t the only thing that’s changed in the Quick Settings panel, there are some new options as well.
You can control access to microphone and cameras directly from the panel. It also has shortcuts for Google Pay and Home. The new Google TV remote shortcut lets you control your TV from your phone.
Android 12 is the first version to support full page screenshots i.e. scrolling screenshots or long screenshots. After the operating system triggers the screenshot hotkeys with which you can capture long screenshots, it displays a Capture More button. The new operating system also offers a built-in App Search option in the Launcher to help you quickly find the apps you have installed on your device.
Quick Tap gesture is an interesting addition in Android 12. Compatible Pixel phones allow you to run commands when you double-tap your device’s back panel to bring up Google Assistant.
Android 12 also brings some useful accessibility features to help people. Users with speech or motor disabilities can use Android 12’s facial gestures to control their device. The feature, which is part of the Project Activate application, performs preset actions by detecting movements such as turning the user’s head, moving their eyes. Designed to assist visually impaired users, the Lookout app features handwriting in Latin-based languages and a new handwriting recognition feature that will read aloud on-screen text.
One Hand Mode
Phones are getting bigger every year and it’s really hard to reach the top of the screen with one hand. Well, not anymore, Google added support for one-handed mode in Android 12 and this gives you easier access to the top.
Google Assistant and Android Auto
Google Assistant now supports reminders and to-dos to make your daily life easier. The Assistant app in Android 12 brings a Driving Mode that replaces the Android Auto app. It also allows you to unlock your car with your phone using NFC and UWB (on supported vehicles). The app can now select the SIM to use when making calls via Android Auto (if you are using Dual SIM cards).
Although Android 12 has been officially released, the update is not yet available for Pixel devices. Google says the update will roll out to Pixel phones in a few weeks, and some Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo and Xiaomi devices later this year.