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The design news in the preview version of Android 12

Google released a preview version of Android 12 last night. Android’s new interface has been disabled by Google in the preview version. The major design changes are not expected until later this year.

With that said, the preview version still offers a lot of news about design and functionality. Dave Burke told about the news to developers yesterday and here is a corresponding compilation with user focus.

Interface optimized for one-handed use

A hidden setting activates a new interface for the settings that pushes down every snap by displaying a large blank shock at the top, so that buttons and menus are easier to reach. Google also uses a colored background, instead of a completely white background as before.

The new design is similar to the Samsung One UI and it is possible that it will become standard in Android 12.

Double pressure on the back cover

In Android 12, users can double-tap the back cover to execute commands, something that has been going on for a long time. For example, you can double-tap the Google Assistant, take a screenshot, pause and resume playback, or open the notification menu.

New toggle buttons

The on and off buttons have a new design. A check mark appears when the setting is activated, while a dash appears when it is off. The shift buttons are also more elongated and slightly wider.


Google has finally chosen to create an official one-handed mode in Android, after manufacturers have been offering their own one-handed solutions for years. It is not really a regular one-handed position but rather a way to make it easier to reach objects at the top without changing grip.

Namely, the mode works as in the iOS interface is dragged down a notch. Users can specify whether the mode should end automatically when they switch to a new app, and when the mode should end automatically after a number of seconds of inactivity.

Control over playback widgets in the notification menu

Android 11 introduced playback controls in the notification menu. For example, if Spotify is playing music, a widget will appear in the notification menu that provides control over playback.

In Android 12, you can specify which apps are allowed to display playback widgets in the notification menu. In other words, they can be turned off for individual apps.

Notification menu

Android 12 will bring major changes regarding notifications and the notification menu. Many of the news are missing in the first preview version, but a whole lot has happened in terms of design.

As with the settings, for example, a white background is no longer used, and the background is no longer solid black when the dark theme is activated. XDA has, however managed to activate the new design in its current state, as shown in the screenshots below.

Improved picture-in-picture

Although the implementation is in an unfinished state at present, Android 12 will refine the picture-in-picture function, with a pinch-to-zoom and the ability to let the box rest along the sides.

The notification menu can be opened with gestures anywhere

An advantage of rear capacitive fingerprint readers is that they can be used as a kind of trackpad. Pixel phones and more have, for example, let users view the notification menu by a swipe down over the fingerprint reader.

A new gesture in Android 12 lets users swipe down to open the notification menu. It works not only in the home screen app Pixel Launcher but everywhere, as the swipe is performed over the navigation bar at the bottom.

More elongated pop-up menu

The menu that appears when you long press icons on the home screen has become more elongated. The menu in Android 11 is displayed on the left, while Android 12 is on the right.


  • Scrolling screenshots, which allow users to capture more than what is displayed on the screen. However, the function is not completed in the preview version.
  • Users can already choose to edit screenshots immediately after they are taken, through a built-in tool. That editor has been improved and polished in Android 12.
  • Easy Wi-Fi password sharing through Nearby Share.

Source: Swedroid by swedroid.se.

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