Android 12 has first preview released; know what’s new | Cell

This Thursday (18th), the Google presented the first preview of the Android 12. The preview makes it clear that the new version of the operating system will improve support for media formats, will have more privacy and security features, as well as bringing a more optimized interface for tablets and TVs, for example.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

User Experience

Let’s start with features that promise to improve the user experience. One of them will improve support for HEVC content. Thanks to a real-time conversion function, Android 12 will allow applications to work to this standard even if they are not directly compatible with it.

In addition, Android 12 will support AVIF, an image format that generates more compression compared to standards such as JPEG or WebP without, however, affecting the quality of the content.

Notifications will also be updated. Their design is being redesigned to make them more intuitive and functional. In this sense, transitions and animations in the notification area should be smoother.

The most important detail: notifications will be faster and more responsive. The idea is to make the corresponding app open as quickly as possible when the user taps on a notification.

Thanks to a new API, Google also talks about making it easier to insert images, videos and other content into applications. Improved support for multichannel audio and improved API for gesture navigation are also part of the news.

There will also be a haptic feedback mode integrated with the audio to allow, for example, the cell phone to vibrate at a certain intensity as a special effect of a game.

Privacy and security

The parameters of privacy and security change continuously, so it is only natural that each new version of Android brings some focus on this aspect.

In Android 12, addressing these issues begins with greater control over the behavior of cookies, an approach in line with changes being implemented in Chrome and other browsers. The plan, basically, is to give the user more control over how cookies can influence their browsing.

Android 12 will also make exporting components more secure to prevent apps from inadvertently transmitting certain data, as well as restricting access to the device’s MAC address more than Android 11.

Probable Android 12 interface (image: Playback / XDA-Developers)

Probable Android 12 interface (image: Playback / XDA-Developers)

Application ecosystem

The Android 12 user will be able to wait for faster updates, both for applications and the operating system itself. The idea is to allow more Android updates to be released via Google Play – this is an expansion of Project Mainline.

The operating system experience with large screens is also expected to improve. This means that Android 12 will have more features to optimize the use of the display of foldable smartphones, tablets and TVs. This includes providing a preview of Android 12 for Android TV.

It is not clear whether this approach will be sufficient to reduce the number of applications that are “stretched” on large screens, but that is the expectation.

To make it easier for developers, Android 12 should also incorporate easier testing and debugging procedures.

Android 12 Developer Preview

These are just some of the features of Android 12. Others will be revealed over the next few months. For now, Google is releasing technical information, aimed at developers.

Well, developers who want to test the Android 12 Developer Preview they will be able to do it through images of the system for Pixel 3 and 3 XL, Pixel 3a and 3a XL, Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel 4a and 4a 5G or Pixel 5. Anyone who doesn’t have a Pixel line device can use Android Emulator.

Information about Android 12 Developer Preview for Android TV is available here.

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