Google has Launch the first developer preview of Android 12
The Android 12 Developer Preview 1 release is aim at developers making their apps ready for the next big Android update.
It is initially available for download on Google Pixel phones.
Developers can also look at its new features and changes over Android 11 through the Android Emulator available in Android Studio.
List of Phones in which Android 12 Developer Preview 1 can be install on :
- Google Pixel 3,
- Pixel 3 XL,
- Pixel 3a,
- Pixel 3a XL,
- Pixel 4,
- Pixel 4XL,
- Pixel 4a,
- Pixel 4a 5G,
- Pixel 5.
System images for all these models have been provided for download.
The first developer preview of Android 12 can be install on a system through the Android Emulator in Android Studio.
Developers working on Android TV apps can also get the first Android 12 developer preview via the ADT-3 device.
NOTE : Before installing It is important to note that the Android 12 Developer Preview 1 is meant specifically for developers and not intended for end consumers. You may encounter some bugs or issues after installing the developer preview.
Timeline of Android 12
Google also shared Android 12 release timeline to detail the milestones reaching the new update.
- Android 12 Developer Preview 1: February
- Android 12 Developer Preview 2: March
- Android 12 Developer Preview 3: April
- Android 12 Beta 1: May
- Android 12 Beta 2, 3: June-July
- Android 12 Beta 4: August
Features of Android 12
- The first developer preview of Android 12 brings interface-level changes to notifications.
- Google has also mentioned that it was also working on optimising transitions and animations across the system to make them smoother.
- Apps targeting Android 12 will also be able to include notifications with custom content views that will be based on a standard template.
- This template ensures that custom notifications have the same decoration as other notifications in all states, such as the notification’s icon and expansion affordance in the collapsed state and the notification’s icon, app name, and collapse in the expansion state.
- Android 12 is in development to bring more responsive notifications.
- You’ll notice the changes in the first developer preview that are likely to come in later updates.
- Android 12 Developer Preview 1 also brings compatible media transcoding to support HEVC format for video capture.
- Google has also provided platform support for AV1 Image File Format (AVIF) using AV1.
- This is claim to drastically improve image for the same file size when compared to older image formats, such as JPEG.
- The first developer preview of Android 11 also includes foreground service optimisations.
- There is also a new unified API to enable rich content insertion and accept rich content from sources including clipboard, keyboard, and even drag-and-drop gestures.
- Apps designed for Android 12 will also be able to offer audio-coupled haptic feedback through the phone’s vibrator.
- This means that you’ll get more immersive audio experiences on the Android update.
- Google has simplified immersive mode to smoothen gesture navigation and make it more consistent.
- Android 12 also comes with an Android Runtime (ART) module to let Google push new software updates to the core runtime and libraries available on devices.
- This will enable a more consistent experience for installed apps.
- Android 12 will also be about optimisations for tablets, foldables, and TVs. Some of those optimisations can be notice from the first preview.
- The first developer preview of Android 12 also includes modern SameSite cookie behaviours in WebView, Restricted Netlink MC, and safer exporting of components to prevent apps from inadvertently exporting activities, services, and receivers.
- There will also be other privacy and security changes that Google has detailed on a blog post.
- New features that includes a one-handed mode, emergency SOS button, scrolling screenshots, and better notification snoozing.
- The first Android 12 preview also includes an improved screenshot editor and an updated Nearby Share feature with the ability to share Wi-Fi passwords.
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