Android is the most popular smartphone operating system across the world. It is based on Linux kernel and other source software designed for touch screen devices. Till now, Google released 11 Android versions with several system improvements and features.
In September 2020, Google officially debuted the eleventh major version of its Android operating system. The Android 11 introduced additions such as conversation bubbles, redesigned notifications, smart home controls, recent app screens, privacy controls, one-time permission for apps, and more.
Since Google often reveals new Android versions every year in September-October. So it’s the right time to start the discussion about the upcoming Android 12 and stay in touch with the latest news, announcements, and more.
Ahead of the official release, there are features, changes, leaks, and screenshots are circulating online about the Android 12. In this dedicated article, you can find the fastest insights into the Android 12 release date and the latest news.
Android 12 beta and stable rollout schedule (expected):
The Android 12 Developer Previews will allow developers to begin platform migration and start the adaption process for their apps. Its first appearance is expected to land in mid of February 2021 and further previews in March, April, and May.
After the Developer Previews, we will make our way to Android 12 Beta releases, with the first one expected either in May or June this year.
Following the beta versions, the final release may happen around July-August of 2021. The stable rollout means that the Android 12 SDK, NDK APIs, app-facing surfaces, platform behaviors, and even restrictions on non-SDK interfaces have been finalized.
Android 12 launch date:
Google has not officially confirmed the launch date of Android 12, following the leaks and news, it is expected to arrive in the third quarter (Q3) of 2021.
Android 12 Features (expected):
According to reports, Android 12 likely to bring new improvements and changes for the following features:
- Improved user interface
- New Always On Display
- Better Privacy settings
- Scrolling screenshots
- Bubble animations
- Game mode
- improved split-screen multitasking
- and more
Android 12 News:
February 15, 2021:
Android 12 could bring new UI changes possibly powered by the Material NEXT design library. Google’s Material Design guidelines have changed since the introduction and the initial label “Material Theme”.
Under the Material NEXT guideline, some of the early images from XDAdevelopers reveal that the company brings some new changes to the user interface in the section of the notification panel UI, home screen, lock screen, privacy settings, Google camera app, and more.