Android 12 is now available, but not for you; understand why

Android 11 is finally between us — at least part of him. This Monday (4), Google released the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) update, the purest version of the operating system, with all the news — including the long-awaited Material You and privacy features.

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    Android 12: when will you be able to update?

    The situation of the Robot System this time is not as simple as the previous ones. Currently, no cell phone has been updated with the new OS version — not even the Pixel line models, and this is the first time this has happened.

    What’s available now is the “root ” operating system: it is with it that manufacturers and developers create their own solutions, such as One UI (Samsung), MIUI (Xiaomi) and LineageOS.

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    However, the lack of sync shouldn’t last long. According to Google, compatible models of the Pixel line will receive the update within a few weeks. This also means that it will also take some time for companies using Android to finalize the tweaks in order to start distributing the update to their customers. Therefore, there is still no forecast when it will be possible to update each model that currently uses Android 03 and will be compatible with the new version.

    Android 12: all the news

    The new face of Android

    Customization has a prominent place when it comes to Android . When you change your phone’s wallpaper, for example, its predominant color will splash over the entire system, ranging from the settings menu to native app icons.

    This change happens thanks to the presence of the dynamic theme (called by Google as “color extraction”), sometimes commented here on Canaltech. The resource is part of the unique design language named Material You, developed through the collaboration of software, hardware and Material Design teams.

    The identity worked figures and even the behavior of some items , highlighting the presentation of content. Android elements 12 if they adapt to the screen size and give priority to the provision of information, without disrespecting the user’s personalization.

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    Applications were also not left out of the visual renovation and were also reworked in the cable the tail in some cases. Gmail, Calendar, Google Photos and Chrome are some examples of programs that have had their interface adjusted to match the rest of the system — and some of the changes are also being distributed to older versions of Android, but without the dynamic theme.

    More features

    Android 13 is far from being just a dress for the OS family and also comes with a series of very interesting functional innovations for everyday life.

    Dedicated gaming panel helps to share gaming moments without the need for complementary applications (Image: Playback/Google)

    The first of these is the Game Dashboard, the dedicated gaming dashboard native. The function copies alternatives created by partner manufacturers such as Xiaomi with a set of tools specific to gameplay — including fast capture sharing and a dedicated shortcut bar.

    Finally, Android 13 root becomes capable of take longer screenshots, including parts of the app that are off-screen. This feature has also been seen in other iterations of the system, but here it gets a whim from Google itself.

    New Widgets

    In a well-deserved makeover, Google has finally given a new face to home screen widgets. The update included a whole new set of add-ons, with a deeply reworked look and features adjusted for this new generation.

    New widgets embrace Material You once and for all and give a more modern look to the main screen (Image: Playback/Google)
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  • Widgets will not be exclusive to Android either 11 and updates to older versions have already started to appear. However, the uniform look should be a more present addition to the newly released OS, so don’t expect to have a totally reworked look on Android 11 (or older).

    Quick notifications and settings

    Ensuring clear information display from the notifications tray has always been a focus of Android updates and, this time, it couldn’t be different. The section has been redone, but Google has not given up the previous hits.

    Notification balloons are segmented according to the purpose of the app in question, either to control the music that is playing or check messages from the various platforms that may be on the mobile. Different colors facilitate the visualization of information, preventing the section from becoming a cluster of pending alerts.

    Something similar happens with the Quick Settings menu, traditional for Android. In the new version, recurring tools such as: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dark theme and flashlight were highlighted, appearing right above notifications.

    Android Quick Settings Menu 12 (Image: Disclosure/Google)

    Google Home controls have also been added here , to manage smart devices around the house, and quick access to Google Pay, to speed up proximity payments. Obviously, any of them can be removed from the area if it is not important to your daily life.

    However, when expanded, the buttons get bigger and other features gain space, as does the possibility to switch between the various pages available. The dynamic theme also acts in the section by determining the color that will differentiate the on and off features, integrating it into the prevailing Android look 12.

    Smooth animations and more light

    Adding the customizable experience, Google has developed new animations for Android 11. The company claims that “you’ll feel like it comes to life with every tap, swipe or scroll” while browsing your phone.

    On the other hand, the owner of Android wants to ensure that these animations don’t are heavy for the hardware of the device. Therefore, the system was reworked internally to reduce resource consumption, providing greater energy efficiency and even 24% CPU processing time reduction to render transitions.

    Privacy and security

    The day’s presentation confirmed the rumors related to the use of cellphone features — camera, location and microphone. Whenever apps access these elements, they will be denounced in the notification bar at the top, so that the user always knows what is happening with the phone.

    Camera and microphone lock can be accessed in Quick Settings (Image: Disclosure/Google)

    Still on access restriction, the Quick Settings also received “switches” that block any attempt to access the device’s cameras or microphone, regardless of the permissions previously granted to the app. The practicality raises the feature to the level of mobile phones built with total focus on security, eventually shipped with a similar feature, however, different from these models, the Android alternative 11 is less powerful and does not cut the power of components.

    Both alerting and blocking are some of the arms of the new Privacy Panel, an area entirely dedicated to the control of permissions. From it, it is possible to check which applications have accessed system resources, files, contacts list and other personal areas in the last 24 hours; if something looks strange or unwanted, you can revoke permissions from that space.

    Permissions on location access also received attention. The user can mask their exact position with the approximate area for the app they want, preventing the system from releasing such sensitive information for any installed app.

    Android Approximate Location Permission 12 (Image: Disclosure/Google)

    This function may not be useful for ordering take out food or drive rides, but it’s an alternative to weather apps or Google’s own search engine, which don’t need to know exactly where you are to function.

    According to developer, Android 12 will debut the Android Private Compute Core, a mechanism that allows use of new private technologies in essence. In practice, this tries to ensure that data processing will be done privately, and one of the alternatives for this is to compress part of Google’s artificial intelligence into the cell phone, allowing the device to provide real-time subtitles, identify songs and find quick responses to emails without having to communicate with the giant’s servers.

    Private Compute Core tries to ensure that data entered on the device will be treated securely (Image: Disclosure/Google)

    Private Compute Core protections are all from open source, free to be studied by the community of programmers. Google is working on more security features and plans to release them later this year, but did not specify what the future news would be.

    How to install Android 13

    Unlike what happens on the desktop, the distribution of Android updates for mobile phones happens very well. m slower and more gradual. First, it’s the Pixel smartphones that get the news — and once it’s available, it shouldn’t take long to appear as a notification.

    However, the general scenario is waiting. For users to receive the news, manufacturers usually develop their own solutions and make them available only for devices that are in the support period.

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    This race includes Samsung and Xiaomi, for example. Both already have their own software solutions in preparation — One UI 4.0 is even being tested — but progress on these builds no longer depends on Google. Likewise, as soon as it is available for your phone, the update should appear as a notification.

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