Android 12 Update
Google is announcing the latest beta for Android 12 today at Google I/O. The new OS has an entirely new design based on a system called Material You.
As time is passing by, we are getting more and more information on the new Android 12 OS. From the previous post we did notice that the UI features big bubbly buttons, shifting colors and smoother animations.
We haven’t had any significant Android UI update for a long time. So, we can safely say that this is the biggest design change in Android’s history. This time around Android exudes confidence in its design. Making everything much larger and little more playful.
As with every big change, there will be users to welcome this new Android 12 UI change. But I also expect to get some negative critique from users who prefer more information density on their display. To be honest at first, I wasn’t a fan. But the more I tested and the more I spent time using Android 12 Developer Preview, I started falling in love with this unique and clean design.
Android’s interface has also been given an overall redesign with new widgets, a fresh look for larger quick settings tiles and a simpler settings menu.
Although we are only talking about the new design, there are other functionality features that have been tossed around on the web by the developers. But they are fairly minor. The new design is what got the people excited and what matters at the moment.
There are however “under-the-hood” improvements as well. As a result, the OS is smoother, and animations are more responsive. Everything about the interface is a little faster and more efficient.
The first beta version is available now, and the official release will likely roll out in August or September.
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Android 12 and Google I/O
Google I/O 2021 has kicked off on Tuesday, May 18.
The keynote started with the mantra: Building a more helpful Google for everyone with the goal of being helpful in moments that matter.
Google unveiled a huge number of announcements. Of course, one of the central topics was the new look coming to Android but a bunch of other features to Google Workspace productivity suite and a new AI.
Google I/O Recap
- Android 12 has a radical and bubbly new look
- Google is making workspace more interconnected
- New Lambda AI Language Model
- Google and Samsung are merging Wear OS and Tizen
- Project Starline creates a 3D model of a person sitting across from you
- Google is building a camera that’s more inclusive of skin tone
- Google Photos will be able to make animated photos from still shots
- Google Photos will let you store photos in a locked folder
- Change a site’s password right from its password manager
- Google Maps AR Live View Tool will show more information
- A Privacy-Friendly sandbox for ML is added in Android
- Support for Digital Car Keys so you can unlock your car with your phone
- Debut of a health tool to identify skin conditions using your camera
Android 12 Beta Supported Devices
Each year, Google Pixel phones are among the first to gain access to the beta update of the latest Android version. This year is no different. But alongside Pixels, there are 10 more brands that will be able to use Android 12 Beta.
Although OEMs are providing Android 12 Beta for their select devices, these builds are clearly not meant for everyone. Companies like OPPO have explicitly mentioned that this initiative is only meant for developers.
Therefore, proceed with caution as these software builds have tons of bugs.
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
- Mi 11
- Mi 11 Ultra
- Mi 11X Pro
- Mi 11i
- OnePlus 9
- OnePlus 9 Pro
- ZenFone 8
- OPPO Find X3 Pro
- realme GT
- SHARP AQUOS R6
- TECNO CAMON 17
- TCL 20 Pro
- iQOO 7 Legend
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra
· HMD Global
- Nokia X20