The new version of Android is just around the corner. That’s all we know about her so far.
Unless Google has decided to change plans, The Android 12 preview should only be a few weeks away. Last year the company decided to postpone the rollout of Android 11 Developer Preview 1 until mid-February and there is no reason to believe it won’t this year.
In fact, we have been able to do this to this day know a good part of the news that will arrive with Android 12, both through pipes and leaks and through official documents published in advance by the company.
Because of this, we wanted to do a review while we wait for Google to officially launch the new version of its operating system All the news and changes that we can expect with the next big update of the mobile operating system from Google.
Biggest layout change in years thanks to a new theme engine
A few weeks ago, we received a tip that Android 12 would introduce a new theme engine that would be used to customize the user interface by selecting colors, shapes, icons and other elements.
That notice was confirmed shortly afterwards when an internal Google doc was leaked so we could see – apparently official – models of Android 12 that we could see for the first time how these new customization options would work, able to completely change the aesthetics of the system and applications.
In these recordings we could see how the various elements of the operating system interface like menus, notification cards or icons, had accidentally taken one colour beigewhat would be from what we know automatically extracted from the background image set by the userUsing the WallpaperColors API.
Based on the changes leaked and to introduce ourselves what the operating system could look like with different looks with this theme engine that Designer Radek Błędowski created some Models that show what the Android 12 interface could look like Using different color palettes generated from the background image:
Concepts of ME from Android 12 based on leaked concept but with different wallpapers pic.twitter.com/sV4BkVDiEw
– Radek Błędowski (@RKBDI) February 9, 2021
Other aesthetic changes related to the should be added to these novelties Settings application, now with an interface somewhat reminiscent of One UI, Samsung’s level of customization by reducing the area occupied by content and increasing the number free spacewith the aim of making it easier to use the system with one hand.
We finally see how the quick settings and notifications window It has been redesigned with new shapes and less transparency.
With Android 11, Google made the decision Bet on the concept of “conversations” by entering a section in the notification area for Show only the notices related to chats with other people. A separate section has even been devoted to this section in the technical documentation for Android.
In the new version Google seems to want to go further by a new one Type of conversation widgetsthat users can use to customize their devices’ home screens through Widgets showing recent calls or messages a specific person or group.
Apparently, such widgets could combine that Information from different apps to display in the same widget. In terms of design, it seems likely that users will be able to do so Choose the shape of each widget before adding them to the home screen.
More and better privacy
In the settings menu of -renewed- Android 12 we find a improved data protection areawhat would give us the opportunity now Disable some components of the device, such as the B. cameras or microphone, completely. That way we would make sure of that No app has access to it in certain situations.
In addition, the leaked models indicate it Android 12 would take over one of the most useful functions of iOS 14 in connection with privacy, such as Prompts that indicate whether an app is using the microphone or camera. In the case of Google’s operating system, it will also be notified when Place is preserved.
In Android 12, these ads are shown in the Status bar and when you tap on it it will show a Pop-up window where the Applications that use any of the named components.
Share Wi-Fi keys using Nearby Share
Google is planning with Android 12 Adding Nearby Share, the ability to share information between Android or ChromeOS devices, and the ability to share Wi-Fi keys.
In this way a Easiest and fastest way to share WiFi keys with other Android usersby no longer having to scan the QR code or dictate the password.
Vitamin multitasking with “App Pairs”
While it’s nothing new and some manufacturers have already included similar features in their respective levels of customization, everything suggests Android 12 will include a new utility for multitasking called App Pairs.
This feature, as the name suggests, would allow Create notification pairs what, if executed, would directly in split screen mode, with both apps grouped in the same window.
Although the Split-screen multitasking is nothing new in AndroidYes there is the possibility of Launch two apps at the same time with a single button press. A function that is without a doubt much more useful for devices with a double or folded image and which was already available in the Microsoft Surface Duo.
Save space when the app is idle
As well as iOS uninstalls applications that have not been used for a while, but keeps the icon on the home screen for access when neededAndroid 12 will include a similar feature to save space and resources.
There is an option to put unused applications to sleep and optimize the storage space used by removing some of the resources when those apps are not in use but given the user the option Access it when you need it.
Columbus is back, one of the most useful features of iOS 14
Google began introducing a “back touch” feature on devices to perform various actions prior to the introduction of Android 11. However, Apple was ahead of that large G. by introducing this feature in iOS 14.
Finally this tool I never saw the light on Android. However, Google has continued to work on it, and the latest rumors suggest it will be available on Android 12, although it will only be available on Pixel devices.
This enables tasks such as Run the Google Assistant, take screenshots, pause or resume multimedia playback, open the recently used apps menu, or display the notifications panel with a Double-tap the back of the device.
Easier use of third-party app stores
After the “Fortnite soap opera”, which ended with the withdrawal of the fashion game from the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store, Google announced one itself Flexibility in application distribution measuresOpen the operating system to third-party application stores such as the Epic Games Store. This has been confirmed by the company itself:
“We’re making changes to Android 12 to make it even easier for users to use other app stores on their devices, and be careful not to compromise Android’s security measures.
this are only Some of the new features of Android 12 that we already knowEither because of leaks or because Google itself expected some of the changes in the next release of its operating system.
But that doesn’t mean that All of this news will be included in the first version of Android 12 available. Most likely, all of them will be introduced into the system when their respective preliminary versions are released and Betasuntil finally the entirety of them in the final version of Android 12which is due to arrive sometime next summer.