Android 12: Eligible devices, features and review

by techcartel

It’s been over a year since Google’s release of Android 11, we’ve all been anticipating an update since Android 11 didn’t really introduce any mind blowing features. Well, the long wait is over – Android 12 is here!

Google already made Android 12 open-source and that enables most smartphone vendors to get Android 12 code for their own user interfaces. Samsung’s OneUI, OnePlus’s OxygenOS, and Xiaomi’s MIUI will be able to develop an Android-12 based version for their smartphones. Sadly, the update might not be coming to all older devices. Most smartphone vendors will soon release a list of smartphones that will get an Android 12 update. These are the devices that would be eligible to get the Android 12 update. They would most likely be smartphones within 1-2 years of release. While some brands may consider offering the update for much older devices, others may not.

Android 12: Features

  • UI redesign: This is some sort of Automatic theming system based on any wallpaper a user chooses. The UI redesign is a part of the “Material You” concept, which focuses on making Android as personal as possible. For instance, when you apply a new wallpaper, you will be asked if you also want to add a new theme based on the colours from that very wallpaper. The colours from the applied theme will be visible in the notification shade, the lock screen widgets, Google’s first-party applications and even third-party apps if developers wish to support the new design change.
  • New widget picker in the Pixel Launcher
  • Redesigned Quick Settings with integrated smart home controls
  • Extra Dim screen setting, improvements for picture-in-picture and auto-rotate
  • New Power menu, new setup wizard, and new emoji
  • New lock screen layout: With the release of Andriod 12, Google is updating the lock screen on Android smartphones. The date, local weather, alarms and notifications are now in the upper-left corner. The clock is also getting an update.
  • New Privacy Dashboard: There is a new Privacy Dashboard, which is basically a hub for data privacy. Android 12 has built-in privacy indicators that will let you know if the app is using the phone’s microphone or camera. Google has added the ability to block camera and/or microphone access for all apps. This feature can be seen when you pull down the notification shade.

These new features are currently available for Pixels only. Pixel phones as far back as the Pixel 3 series are expected to get the update. This includes the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3 XL, and the Pixel 3a XL. Newer phones like the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, and the Pixel 5a will also get the update. Google’s upcoming Pixel 6 series is expected to feature Android 12 out of the box. It would be up to the other brands to adopt these new features or a fraction.

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Velvet October 7, 2021 - 12:55 pm

Finally, they should roll out the update on Xaomi phones 🤲

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