Android 12 Developer Preview 1 is here – What does it bring?

The new update focuses on the smarter OS, easier usability, better performance along with improved privacy and security.

Google has released the Android 12 developers preview recently and is only warming up for the final version of the Android 12 which will be released in the latter half of 2021. The Android 12 Developer Preview aims to test, develop and take the feedback of the users to further add and improve Android 12.

The new update focuses on the smarter OS, easier usability, better performance along with improved privacy and security. The Android 12 Developer Preview 1 February release will be followed by Developer Preview 2 and Developer Preview 3 in March and April respectively. After that, the Android 12 Beta 1, 2, 3, and 4 is scheduled for release in the months of May, June, July, and August after which the Android 12’s final version will be released as an improved version with all the feedbacks. 

The early version of the Android 12 is available and can be installed on Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5.  The goal, as per the Android Developers blog, is to try the new APIs and testing them with platform changes. The Developer Preview of the Android 12 provides all of those that is needed to get your apps ready for the final Android 12 that include system images and tools that are updated on a regular basis. 

The system images are available for download for each of the models. The Android Emulator in Android studio is essential, through which users can install the first preview of the Android 12 and also through the ADT-3 device for those developers who are working on Android TV apps.

The Android 12 Developer Preview is specifically meant for developers. The Developer Preview is not meant for end consumers, therefore if they download or install the Developer Preview they may face bugs and other issues. 

Android 12 Developer Preview 1

The first Android 12 Developer Preview has the following updates along with many changes. The noteworthy updates have been mentioned here below. 

  • Compatible media transcoding – This will help with apps that do not support HEVC. This feature can automatically transcode files into AVC format which is known to be widely compatible. The feature will also be available or active on all devices that use the HEVC format for videos.
  • AVIF image support – This feature helps to provide better quality images with efficient compression. The AV1 Image File format (AVIF) is a container format for those images and sequences of images that are encoded using the AV1. The feature improves the image quality in the same file size.
  • Foreground service optimizations – This feature is for a better experience of the users which will block apparently the foreground service starts from the background for those apps that are targeting the new platform.
  • Notification UI updates – The first Developer Preview will be refreshing the design of the notifications into easier, modern, and functional. The transitions and animations across the system will also be optimized for a smoother experience.
  • Multi-channel audio – The Android 12 updates also include enhancements for audio. There will be support for MPEG-H playback in passthrough and offload mode. The audio mixers along with resamplers and effects have been optimized for up to 24 channels. 
  • Rich content insertion – A new unified API has been introduced that will let users accept content from any source including clipboard, keyboard, drag, and drop. This feature will help users attach a new interface ‘OnReceiveContentListener’ to UI components and will also receive callback when the content is inserted through any mechanism.

These are only a few of the updates of Android 12. Those that want to know more about the Android 12 Developer Preview 1 can visit the Android developers blog.

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