Android certainly has evolved over the years as a platform; there is still space for some enhancement. And it will change as the first version of its next update, Android 12, is now being released by Google. Preview 1 of Android 12 Developer is here, and it brings updates that make Android more intuitive, better running, and safer.
Google plans eight launches on Pixel phones and other gadgets over the coming months before the commercial launch later this year. You will need to own one of the following compatible devices if you want to update Android 12 DP1 quickly: Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5.
The major changes that come with the updates include,
- Display Cutout Menu, which will let you hide the hole punch in your devices
- Improvements to Gesture Navigation in Immersive Mode
- 4×5 Grid Option in Pixel Launcher
- Native Scrolling Screenshot
- UI Tweaks to Music Player and Lock Screen
- Wifi Sharing to Nearby Devices
- Settings and Notification Center Redesign
- Improved Markup Tools
- Pinch to Resize PIP Windows
A new transcoding layer will be available to automatically allow the HEVC video format to work in applications that do not support it natively. At present, choosing to shoot on an Android phone in HEVC can indicate that third-party apps would not be able to use that video natively. For those applications, the new transcoding layer should allow users to make the switch with more trust.
Google seems to be throwing its weight, otherwise known as AVIF, behind the AV1 Image File Format. As the de facto image format, AVIF is intended to replace JPGs, providing much smoother and cleaner compression with fewer artifacts.
There are a lot of under the hood changes that have come in with the Developer Preview. If you want to try it out on your Pixel Device, you can download it from the links below,