Android 12: New features on the horizon

Date:19 February 2021 Author: Leila Stein

Android 12 developer preview is out and Android fans are looking for clues about what will be introduced next.

According to The Verge, new updates found already include an Emergency SOS feature, wireless Wi-Fi sharing, Markup update that includes emojis and 4×5 grid option in Pixel Launcher.

“With each version, we’re working to make the OS smarter, easier to use, and better performing, with privacy and security at the core. In Android 12 we’re also working to give you new tools for building great experiences for users,” said Dave Burke, VP of Engineering for Android in a statement from Google. 

Some of these features aren’t new but rather updates on older ones. For example, the Emergency SOS feature is now triggered by pressing the power button down five times which will start a countdown.

Another big change is the visual tweaks to notifications. As noted by 9to5Google, the app icon is a lot bigger and the app logo has become inverted. In addition, there is also a dedicated snooze button as well.

Android Police also pointed out that there other small system adjustments such as cookie adjustments for WebView, MAC restrictions, and controls for device identifiers are also included.

However, if you’re a developer in South Africa it is unlikely you will be able to test out the new updates and provide feedback.

The ability to flash a device system image is only available on the Pixel 3 / 3 XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, Pixel 4 / 4 XL, Pixel 4a / 4a 5G, or Pixel 5 devices. While there are some that have been imported by Google fanatics, these phones aren’t available for the mainstream in the country.

“As we get closer to a final product, we’ll be inviting consumers to try it out as well, and we’ll open up enrolments through Android Beta at that time,” concluded Burke.

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