Today at Google I/O, Google announced the first beta of Android 12 and the stable version will be available this fall. Android 12 focuses on UI design, including personalization colors, fluid motion and animations, system redesigned, and security-right built-in Android OS.
Android 12 Beta is available for Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL devices. Interested Pixel users can enroll in Android Beta from here.
With Android 12 users can experience the new color pallets as well as custom color pallets and all-new redesigned widgets. The new color pallets can automatically recognize the color of your phone wallpapers and set it with matching colors to the whole OS including the notification shade, lock screen, volume control, new widgets, and more, but users have the choice to change the colors that they want to choose of their choices.
Users can also enjoy smooth motion and animation in Android 12 by tapping, swiping, and scrolling are very smooth and fast animations. According to Google, Android 12 reduces the CPU time required for core system services by up to 22% and the system server’s use of big scores by up to 15%.
New features in Android 12 give you more visibility into which apps are accessing your data and more controls so you can speak knowledgeably about how much personal information your apps can access. The new Privacy Dashboard gives you a single view of your permissions settings, as well as information about what data is accessed, how often, and by which users. You may also revoke app permissions directly from the dashboard.
In addition, Google introduced a new indicator to the top right of your status bar that lets you know when your apps are accessing your microphone or camera. Google also introduced two new toggles in Quick Settings if you want to disable app access to these sensors for the entire device. It will also allow you more control over the amount of data you exchange with apps. Apps will now only see the approximate location rather than a direct one thanks to new approximate location permissions.
Google also announced Android Private Compute Core at Google I/O, which allows them to implement new innovations that are private by design, keeping users’ personal information safe, stable, private, and local to the phone. Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply are all enabled by Private Compute Core. To protect your privacy, all audio and language processing takes place on the computer, which is disconnected from the network. The safeguards in Private Compute Core, like the rest of Android, are open source and completely inspectable, and verifiable by the security community.