On October 4, Google announced Android 12 open source under the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) series. The software maker announced that this version will be available to test on many smartphone makers including Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, Relme, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and other devices.
According to Google, over 225,000 people took part in the beta activity and sent over 50,000 issues and bug information to the company to resolve issues and improve the Android 12 software system.
Now, let’s check what the latest installment of the Android 12 Open Source brings for the developers before it lands for the general users.
New Android user interface:
Material You: There’s a new Android 12 design language called “Material You” that helps developers to polish their Android apps to the fullest. There are Redesigned widgets that bring more useful and contentful widgets on the go with improved layout structure.
There are improvements and design changes made to the notification UI, stretch overscroll, the app launched splash screens that have more customizations to attract users and improve the UX.
Software is known for its performance and simplicity and Android 12 seems to promise something similar. Google said to reduce the CPU time used by core system services by 22% and the use of big cores by 15%. The company has also improved app startup times and optimized I/O for faster app loading and improved CursorWindow by as much as 49x for large windows for database queries.
There are new responsive notifications to reduce latency for apps started from a notification. In addition, the Android 12 AOSP, will help you to deliver, better machine learning and AI performance features through the Neural Networks API.
Don’t forget that privacy is one of the major concerns of app users. Therefore, Android 12 has a few sets of improvements in this section as well. A new privacy dashboard has been added in the Settings menu to provide users better visibility over when your app access any of the phone’s crucial services such as camera, location, and microphone.
Some of the other increments in privacy features include a new approximate location feature that can be used if an app requests you to permit a precise location. New quick settings toggle added for Microphone and camera to instantly terminate their access. Now you can also access nearby device search features without requiring to enable location permission.
Time to jump into a most important topic – user experience. Android 12 aims to deliver a new unified API that lets you receive rich content in the app’s UI from any source including
- Drag and drop
There’s also back-compatibility added the unified API to AndroidX.
Rounded corners are also a new use case that will be widely available on Android 12. Google confirmed to exceed the limits, and deliver a new UX experience with rounded corners and details that you can manage on your UI elements as the developer.
Time to mention another hit feature – blurs, color filters, and other effects.
The new Android 12 APIs make it easier to apply common graphics effects to your Views and rendering hierarchies. You can use RenderEffect to apply blurs, color filters, and others to RenderNodes or Views.
Developers can also create frosted glass effects for your windows background using a new API or use blur all of the content behind a window. There’s more…
Enhanced haptic experiences – Android 12 expands the tools you can use to create informative haptic feedback for UI events, immersive and delightful effects for gaming, and attentional haptics for productivity. More here.
New camera effects and sensor capabilities – New vendor extensions let your apps take advantage of the custom camera effects built by device manufacturers—bokeh, HDR, night mode, and others. You can also use new APIs to take full advantage of ultra high-resolution camera sensors that use Quad / Nona Bayer patterns. More here.
Better debugging for native crashes – Android 12 gives you more actionable diagnostic information to make debugging NDK-related crashes easier. Apps can now access detailed crash dump files called tombstones through the App Exit Reasons API.
Android 12 for Games – With Game Mode APIs, you can react to the players’ performance profile selection for your game – like better battery life for a long commute, or performance mode to get peak frame rates. Play as you download will allow game assets to be fetched in the background during install, getting your players into gameplay faster.
Google Play system update adds Android 13 Play Protect information
Google has already rolled out the September 2022 Play System Update for Android devices. But it looks like, the company has saved some features at that time to reveal later this month. In the latest edition, the Google Play system update adds support for the Play Protect information to the Android 13 interface.
The company began the September 2022 update with improvements for the Google Kids Space. Thereafter, the US manufacturer introduced some new and reflective features for the Wear OS with unique alerts for compromised passwords.
Now, once again, Google has entered into the Play System to make it more reliable and convenient. But this time, the change initiates from the latest interface – Android 13.
According to the official Google reports, phones running on the Android 13 operating system will display Play Protect information. Users will be able to access this feature in the Settings menu > Security and Privacy Settings section.
How is this feature useful? Consequently, Play Protect will inspect the behavior of the application on the device. Besides, it will inform you about the basic details of the app before you install them from the Google Play Store. Hence, you will be able to detect whether the particular app is suitable or harmful for your gadget.
Track the app installation activity
Apart from this change to Android 13, Google has also implemented some finer techniques that let you trace the app installation process. This function also falls in the Play Protect category. Ultimately, the company has expanded the details displayed on the Play Store listings.
These details might be regarding app permissions, changing policies, and so on. Aside, you will be able to check the installation status of the app on your other devices with the help of your smartphone.
Currently, the latest versions of the Play System and Play Store (v32.4) do not exhibit any new progress. Perhaps, the company might be testing these features on its server, and could soon bring them to the real surface. But, the good news is that the app downloading will become quite more productive and convenient for Android users with the new Play System update.
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Android 13 to improve software updates on all devices
Google has taken some mandatory steps for the devices that will upgrade to the latest Android interface. Eventually, Android 13 will support improved and seamless software updates for smartphone devices with the help of a virtual A/B system.
Google makes sure that all its devices are running on updated systems. It constantly rolls out new builds that shield your smart gadget from the latest vulnerabilities. Besides, it provides freshly released patches to secure the internal system.
However, some users don’t like to keep their devices up-to-date on a regular basis. Maybe the fear of interface breakage or damage and deletion of data are the reasons behind such actions. Thus, most of the users remain inactive in the updates section.
Android 13 – Virtual A/B system
Consequently, for such users and devices, Google is returning to the speed up track of software updates with Android 13. The company has introduced the A/B virtual scheme and added support for duplicate partitions as A and B forms. This scheme will serve as Seamless Updates to the users.
As a result, instead of turning off your device and booting the update, the Seamless Updates will conduct the installation in the background even when the Android device is running. Thereafter, it will opt for a quick reboot, and voila, your smart gadget upgrade is complete!
This will make the software updates easier, faster, and more efficient for Android devices. Although, tech makers like Samsung do not support such schemes, so far. Therefore, Google has made virtual A/B support compulsory for certifying GMS on smartphones that will release with Android 13.
Earlier, the US manufacturer made this rule with traditional Android 11. But at that time, Google has taken its steps back and just updated the Android 11 Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). Since there was no enforcement, many OEMs took this statement lightly.
Though this time, things have become more strict. Google mentioned that companies will only be able to provide Google Mobile Services to their consumers when they will add the support of a virtual A/B system on their devices. Accordingly, every user will be able to enjoy the experience of Seamless Updates after this implementation.
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Google will add Unicode 15 emojis to Android with December updates
Google Android is one of the vast subjects to which the company is constantly counting new elements. In the latest edition, Google has decided to make the Android system more creative and fun by adding the all-new Unicode 15.0 emojis.
This gets a confirmation from the side of the Google Creative Director of Emoji – Jennifer Daniel. She has shared the recent actions going on the emoji spectrum. Alongside, she briefs the information regarding the latest Unicode 15.0 edition.
To begin with, Jennifer tells about the inclusion of the Unicode feature. It consists of 15 fresh additions to the emoji library. For instance, leftward and rightward hands, shaking face, ginger, donkey, moose, goose, jellyfish, pea pod, and new heart colors.
Not only just in words, but the director has also led us to the design concept of these 21 new emojis. With a sophisticated layout and eye-catching colors, these mini images are quite interesting to glance at.
NOTO Emoji – New Addition!
Apart from these emojis, Jennifer also brings our notice to the Noto Emoji. Eventually, these emojis are an open-source emoji font that will support Chrome and other Google products. Initially, these emojis were in black and white textures. However, now they fully support the color version.
Wait, the list does not end here. Apart from the Unicode emojis, Google is also trying to bring on some animated figures for the Android system. Consequently, users will find more than 200 types of animated emojis. Check them HERE.
Aside from the website, you can also find these emojis in the latest build of Google Messages. Thus, the upcoming updates for Android are going to bring a huge packet of entertainment and innovation for consumers.
Although it’s not possible to resist the temptation for using and exploring this amazing field of emojis. Yet, the report says that we could only find these emojis by the December update of Android.