After a preview at I/O 2021 and several beta builds since then, Android 12 – the next version of Google’s mobile operating system – is ready for launch. But not the general public.
AndI wrote The company via the Android Developers website says it has sent the source code to the AOSP Android Open Source Project and the update is officially released.
Although the system is technically available, you will not find it appearing as an update via a Pixel phone at this time. Upon launch, it will reach the Pixel 3, Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 5A phones. It is the system that will power the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones when they are launched later this year.
According to Google, it will also arrive on Samsung Galaxy OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Vivo, Xiaomi and Tecno devices later in 2021.
This update focuses mostly on tweaking the way Android looks using Google’s new Material You design language. The company says the Material You design language is the biggest design change in Android history.
And there are other features, including a new privacy dashboard that provides more transparency about how your apps access your location, microphone, and camera. But overall this is not an update that aims to fundamentally change the way you use your phone.
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Android 12 arrives for the Android open source project
As always, we thank you for your feedback during the beta version, the company said. Over 225,000 of you have tested our early releases across our Pixel and partner devices. And nearly 50,000 problem reports have been sent to us to help improve the quality of the release.
We also appreciate the many articles, discussions, surveys and personal meetings where you expressed your thoughts. Plus the work you’ve done to make your apps compatible in a timely manner. Your support and contributions are what makes Android a platform for everyone.
Google indicated that it intends to update in detail about Android 12 at this year’s Android Dev conference. Which will be held on 27 and 28 October.
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