Google released the first version of Android 12 for developers

Android 12 is also visibly revamping, but at least the first developer version doesn’t include many of the features seen in previously leaked screenshots.

The Android operating system currently receives a major new release once a year. This year, it’s Android 12, with Google now releasing the first Developer Preview version for developers.

As expected, Android 12 will bring plenty of new and filed features. At least from the signatory’s point of view, the welcome reform is a new interface that allows the so-called enriched content, that is, in practice, the copying of text, images, and videos from one application and place to another, either by drag’n’drop or through the clipboard. Enriched content, such as stickers, that can be entered via the keyboard also moves through the same interface. It was possible to implement similar functionality in the past, but they have now been implemented with a single function that supports all connection methods.

Changes that are more easily visible to the user are represented by a revamped notification menu, the appearance of which has been modernized, including animations. In the future, the user can also control which media players can add media buttons to the displayed notification menu. Unfortunately, at least at this point, there is no mention on Google’s Android 12 pages of privacy-enhancing, microphone- and camera-revealing icons that appear in previously leaked and claimed genuine images.

Likewise, easily visible changes are assumed to be found in the themes of the phone. Previously leaked screenshots saw a beige folding light theme, but at least in the first version of Developer Preview, the light theme is instead tinted white and light blue. The dark theme, on the other hand, has given up the color black from the path of very dark gray. AndroidPolice speculates that the beige theme that appeared in the leaked screenshots might be related to the wallpaper used to customize the theme, but at least the now-released pre-release version of this doesn’t support such functionality.

On the media side, new features include support for transcoding HEVC and HDR10 (+) videos to AVC videos for better compatibility. In addition, a new AV1 Image File Format or AVIF support is included, which is promised to provide clearly better image quality than JPEG images in relation to the file size. The image is steeled by Android’s updated ImageDecoder interface, which will decompress all frames of animated GIF and WebP files in the future instead of just the first one. In addition, Android 12 supports voice-based haptic feedback that can be utilized anywhere from games to ringtones.

At the operating system level, Google has sought to move parts of the operating system to be updated independently of the brand of the phone directly through the Play Store. This time, Android Runtime updates and new transcoding features will move to the Play Store. With the changes, Google will be able to keep the Android phone base more up-to-date and thus as secure as possible.

Other innovations include the ability to make an emergency call by pressing the power button 5 times in quick succession, an improved screenshot editor and the ability to hide a thumbnail of a screenshot with a swipe gesture, and renewed navigation gestures. You can read more about the changes behind the source links.

Android 12 Developer Preview 1 is only available for Google’s own Pixel 3 series phones and newer Pixel models. The internal dessert code name for Android 12 is reportedly Snow Cone.

Sources: Google, Android Police

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