Google Announces First Preview of Android 12

Google today announced the first Developer Preview release of Android 12, which the firm expects to finalize by the end of August after several more pre-release milestones.

“With each Android version, we’re working to make the OS smarter, easier to use, and better performing, with privacy and security at the core,” Google VP Dave Burke writes in the announcement post. “In Android 12 we’re also working to give [developers] new tools for building great experiences for users. Starting with things like compatible media transcoding, which helps your app to work with the latest video formats if you don’t already support them, and easier copy/paste of rich content into your apps, like images and videos. We’re also adding privacy protections and optimizing performance to keep your apps responsive.”

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As you can tell from that quote, there aren’t many interesting user-facing new features in this first preview release, but that makes sense given the target audience. Looking over the list of (developer-oriented) enhancements, there’s not really much to call out, beyond some spatial, multi-channel audio improvements, a more modern notifications design, and haptic-coupled audio effects.

If you are an Android developer and want to get started with this release immediately, you’ll need a Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G, or Pixel 5 handset. Otherwise, you can use the Android 12 system images with the Android Emulator in Android Studio.

You can learn more about Android 12 Developer Preview 1 here.

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  • swish41

    18 February, 2021 - 2:01 pm

    <p>cant wait to try this out!</p>

  • scovious

    18 February, 2021 - 2:41 pm

    <p>That means the Surface Duo will be exactly 1 year behind in Android updates. Nice.</p>

    • ebraiter

      18 February, 2021 - 3:29 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#614034">In reply to scovious:</a></em></blockquote><p>You comparing hardware OS that aren't even related? You can then say that Android is behind iOS….</p>

      • bleeman

        Premium Member
        19 February, 2021 - 4:56 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#614063">In reply to ebraiter:</a></em></blockquote><p>Umm, the Surface Duo runs Android, it's not a Windows product. So it's 100% related.</p>

    • crunchyfrog

      18 February, 2021 - 3:39 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#614034"><em>In reply to scovious:</em></a><em> Don't forget Samsung. They take months to get out updates but less so for their flagships.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • swish41

        18 February, 2021 - 4:36 pm

        <blockquote><em>android has nothing to do with samsung. AD sends the update to samsung then they have to approve it and release it.<a href="#614066">In reply to crunchyfrog:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • jdawgnoonan

        18 February, 2021 - 10:40 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#614066">In reply to crunchyfrog:</a></em></blockquote><p>I am quite impressed with Samsung's current update track record for Android 11. </p>

  • crunchyfrog

    18 February, 2021 - 3:37 pm

    <p>Android has significantly improved over the last several years. It's the one Google product that I can rely on that gets yearly updates and no chance of being tossed overboard.</p>

    • randyaccv

      Premium Member
      18 February, 2021 - 3:45 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#614065">In reply to crunchyfrog:</a></em></blockquote><p>Knowing Google's track record, they will announce tomorrow that v12 is the last update and they are deprecating Android in 2022.</p>

  • jdawgnoonan

    18 February, 2021 - 10:39 pm

    <blockquote><em><a href="#614104">In reply to karlinhigh:</a></em></blockquote><p>Project Fuschia sounds quite interesting. </p>

  • codymesh

    19 February, 2021 - 5:54 am

    <p>yeah Google isn't going to give us iOS 14-link privacy, aren't they.</p>

  • retcable

    Premium Member
    19 February, 2021 - 6:56 am

    <p>Some of us with just 2 year old phones are still waiting on Android 10 to be "tested and evaluated" by the manufacturers of our phones and the carriers who sold them to us. The whole Android OS update thing is still just an exercise in futility for most users and is a laughing-stock.</p>

    • igor engelen

      19 February, 2021 - 12:33 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#614154"><em>In reply to retcable:</em></a><em>isn't that why they started the Android One project </em></blockquote><p><br></p>

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