Android 12: First Developer Preview – that’s what the update brings


Developers can install the first Developer Preview of Android 12 on Pixel smartphones. These new functions are already known.

As early as last year, Google published the first developer preview for the new Android version this year. On February 18, 2021, the group made the developer preview of Android 12 available for download.

The Installation is initially possible on the Google smartphones Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. To do this, you have to manually flash the system image provided by Google onto the device.

This first version is aimed primarily at developers who want to preview their own apps with Android 12 can test. A few more months will pass before the final release. The date for this is targeted for late summer or autumn. The new Android version usually starts in September. The first public beta can be expected in May.

This is new in Android 12

In this early version, of course, not all of the changes that Google has planned for Android 12 can be seen. First of all, developers need to adapt their apps to the new functions in the operating system.

Data protection and privacy

An important point in Android 12 is data protection. For example, tracking via MAC addresses is to be prevented in Android 12. This was already restricted with Android 11. Google is now expanding the restrictions further.

To increase security, Android 12 blocks touch actions when relevant areas are covered by an overlay. Apps can also no longer close system dialogs independently.

Notifications and navigation

It had already been leaked in advance that Google was planning major changes to the design of the notifications. These should be designed more uniformly in order to give the user a better overview. In addition, after tapping a notification, you should end up in the associated app faster.

Navigation via gesture control is also to become more uniform. In Android 12, most applications can now be navigated in full screen mode using simple swiping gestures, as is common in the rest of the operating system. The protection against accidental swiping movements is only retained during games.

Performance and user experience

Android 12 has its own media transcoder that can convert HEVC (H.265) into AVC (H.264) for older apps. For photos, Android 12 brings support for the AV1 Image File Format (AVIF). This should lead to significantly smaller file sizes with the same image quality. In addition, a new unified API should make it easier to receive rich content from different sources.

Another innovation is audio-based haptic feedback. This can be used, for example, for custom ring tones with vibration. It can also be used in games, for example to simulate uneven terrain in a car race.

To improve system performance, Google wants to limit the use of foreground services. These can be useful, but if used excessively, they have a negative impact on performance, which can lead to the app crashing. They can no longer be started from the background in the future.


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