What's new with Android 12 - Digital Solutions, IT Services & Consulting - Payoda

What’s new with Android 12

Google has officially announced the Android 12 features and update in Google I/O 2021 event. This company revealed the user-facing features, including a Material You design, tweaked UI, and more, which weren’t there in the developer previews that have been released so far. Additionally, the next major version of Android is said to be more secure, personal, and work with other devices. It also comes with dozens of improvements and new privacy and security features.

New UI For Android

Android 12 brings the massive design change in Android’s history. Changed the entire user experience, from the colors to the shapes, motion, and light which made Android 12 more dynamic, expressive, and personal. They unified the software and hardware ecosystem under a single design language called Material You

With Android 12, the OS will use a color extraction protocol to get design elements from your installed wallpaper. This means that colors across the entire system will change depending on your home screen background. This will allow an easy and automatic way for your phone to feel special to you.

Android 12 Quick Titles

When you pull down the notification shade, you’re mostly seeing round icons at the top of the panel. Well, in Android 12, those round icons are replaced with rounded rectangles. But functionality was the same way as previous Quick Tiles (a tap to turn them on or off; a long-press for takes to the settings page). Now, it is bigger and can accommodate more information. If an increase in title size means only fewer tiles can be seen at once. On your first pull of the notification shade, you will only see four tiles, instead of the usual six. The Quick Tiles background color will be changeable with the color extraction protocol.

Privacy and Security Improvements

At the Google I/O 2021 event, new privacy features were announced for Android 12. It makes data collection by apps more transparent. These tools give users more granular control over app permissions. They introduce a new Privacy Dashboard that gives users a detailed view of how apps access their personal information. When you open it up, you will see a summary dashboard that shows you a detailed overview of how many apps accessed your location, camera, and microphone in the past 24 hours. In the Privacy Dashboard, users have the option to tweak app permissions. You’ll see a Manage Permissions button on the timeline view page, from where you’ll be able to revoke permission for a particular app.

App hibernation

In Android 12, added the permissions auto-reset by intelligently hibernating apps that have gone unused for an extended period — optimizing for performance, device storage, and safety. It not only revokes permissions granted previously by the user but also force-stop the app and regain memory, storage, and other temporary resources. In the hibernation state, the OS will prevent apps from running jobs in the background or receiving push notifications, helping to keep users safe. Users will be able to turn on or off these features from the app settings page.

Microphone, Camera — Indicators & Toggles

When the app accesses the microphone or camera, the user will have clear transparency in Android 12 OS. Going forward, users will see the indicator at the top right, when an app uses its microphone or camera feeds. If the access is unauthorized, users can quickly navigate to the app permission page to revoke permissions.

Google introduced the new privacy feature for microphone and camera access. In Android 12, Two new toggles were added in a quick setting that will easily enable & disable the microphone, camera access for all apps. When we enable toggles it will completely shut off the access to the sensor for all apps at once.

Approximate location

In Android 12, Users have more control over their own location data. He/She will have a clear choice to select an approximate or precise location that will be provided to the app functionality.

Nearby device permissions

Android 12 minimizes data access by adding new runtime permission for nearby scanning that doesn’t use a location sensor. Up until now, apps such as headphone companion and watch required location permission to scan for nearby Bluetooth devices for pairing. For apps targeting Android 12, they have the option to decouple nearby device discovery from the fine location permission for use cases like pairing devices by using the new BLUETOOTH_SCAN permission. Once the device is paired, apps can use the new BLUETOOTH_CONNECT permission to connect with paired devices.

Notification Improvements

Android 12’s notification system will be revamped to improve usability, aesthetics, and functionality. Google’s tweaking the drawer, controls, and freshening up transitions and animations. In Android 12, when tapping on the notification it takes users directly to the app itself instead of middle-man broadcast receivers or services that bounce users from the notification to the app. Also, delay the display of some foreground service notifications by up to ten seconds.

Revamped Widgets

Google makes app widgets more beautiful, useful, and discoverable. Checkboxes, Switches, and Radio buttons are added for interactive controls and personalizing the widgets easier. Android 12 widgets look exceptional with our system UI and themes, with rounded corners and padding automatically adapted to each launcher and home screen. A Responsive layout adapts for the widgets to phones, tablets, foldables, and other screens. Dynamic color APIs have been added to the widget so that it uses the system colors to create a personalized but consistent look.

Stretch overscroll

The “stretch” overscroll effect was added system-wide to let users know they have scrolled past the end of the available content in the UI. This effect provides a natural vertical and horizontal scroll stop indicator that’s common across all apps. And this effect is enabled by default for scrolling containers across the platform.

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