Google announced today that it has completed the development of Android 12, the next major release of the most popular personal computing platform on earth.
“Today we’re pushing the [Android 12] source to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and officially releasing the latest version of Android,” Google vice president Dave Burke writes in the announcement post. “Keep an eye out for Android 12 coming to a device near you starting with Pixel in the next few weeks and Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi devices later this year.”
Mr. Burke notes that over 225,000 people tested Android 12 during its several-months-long development process and that these users reported nearly 50,000 issues during that time. This kind of feedback is what drives a successful release, a sobering reality for Microsoft fans, given that we just tested Windows 11 publicly for only three months with little or no feedback making its way into the initial release.
Android 12 has a lot of interesting new features, but the marquee feature, which I’ll be writing up soon, has to be the new Material You user interface with its wallpaper-based dynamic themes and a new generation of fun new home screen widgets. But Android 12 has other important additions, including a new notifications UI, double-digit performance improvements, and a new privacy dashboard. You can check out the original post to learn more.
Developers who are interested in targeting Android should also mark their calendars for October 27 to 28, when Google will host a virtual #AndroidDevSummit event.