Android 12 Developers Preview 1 Released As Expected For Some Of All Pixel Devices In This Major Update Google Made a lot of under-the-hood changes and enhanced Their Theming System combining android pallete and Android colors To Create a Android Theme That Matches The Current Wallpaper Color .This Developer Preview will be compatible to run on the Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G and the Pixel 5.
Here’s an album shared by the developer that shows off what it’s like to set a wallpaper and have Android 12 select a notification background color and accent color for the Quick Settings tiles:
As mentioned earlier, the Android 12 Developer Preview can be flashed on to the Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G and the Pixel 5. Google also revealed that they will release the Developer Preview 2 in March, Developer Preview 3 in April, followed by Beta launches from May through August, after which the final public stable release is expected.
Android 12's New Features
Easy Wifi Sharing
In stock Android 11, if you want to share your current Wi-Fi connection with someone, you can create a QR code easily. However, in Android 12, you can avoid the barcode scanning and just hit the “Nearby” button you see underneath the QR code in the image above. That will use Android’s Nearby Share feature to transmit the Wi-Fi credentials to whomever you like.
AVIF image support
The days of JPEG as the de facto compressed image format on mobile are numbered. Android 12 introduces support for AVIF — an image format that promises improved image quality over JPEG without the penalty of larger file sizes. The format makes use of the open-source video codec AV1, which was first introduced to Android 10.
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Some Confirmed Features
- Hide the selfie camera on Pixel 5: Google is now giving Pixel 5 users the option to hide the punch hole in Android 12. When the setting is enabled in the Developer menu, the selfie camera is hidden by a black bar. Notably, the status bar will also be displayed in this bar.
- Slightly redesigned Settings pages: The Settings panel has seen a slight redesign with a smaller search bar with rounded corners. Some toggles littered throughout look a bit different as well. It is now much easier to tell if a setting is on or off.
- Multi-channel audio: Android 12 is gaining support for MPEG-H in passthrough and offload modes, while audio mixers, resamplers, and effects can now support up to 24 channels.
- Easy audio source selection: The media player that appears in your Quick Settings section in Android 11 is now more customizable. By long-pressing the notification and heading into its specific settings, you can turn on or off the apps with which the player should work. This would allow you to turn off YouTube, for example, so it doesn’t appear in that player — but Spotify will.
- Foreground services: In Android 12, Google will block background apps from launching foreground services. Instead, a new expedited job in Android’s JobScheduler will allow developers elevated process priority for their apps.
- Restricted Netlink MAC: In Android 11, only privileged apps could access a device’s Netlink MAC address. Now, Google is restricting all apps from accessing it, regardless of privileges.
- Immersive mode tweaks: Gesture navigation within immersive mode will be “easier and more consistent” in Android 12.
- System variability performance improvements: Google’s improving Android 12’s latency and workload distribution, which should yield performance improvements to key system processes.
- Optimizations to larger display devices: Google’s finally taking tablets, foldable, and TVs more seriously. Android 12 developer preview will be available for Android TVs, too.
- Toggleable changes for debugging: Google’s making it easier for developers to debug their apps by making opt-in changes toggleable. These options will be available from the Developer settings page within Android or via ADB.