Launched in September 2020, Android 11 is the latest stable version of Google’s Android operating system. And the company is expected to release the 12th major generation of Android, Android 12 in August/September this year.
Ahead of the stable release, Google also pushed the first Android 12 developer preview back in February 2021. This activity lets developers (only Google Pixel users) understand and grow the Android 12 ecosystem.
Now, according to the information, Google released the Android 12 Developer Preview 2 which moves the Samsung Galaxy users one step closer to the next generation of One UI – One UI 4.0. This update brings plenty of new features as well as major system optimizations.
However, Samsung’s self-developed user interface is also based on Google’s Android OS. And as per the naming strategy, the Korean tech giant will develop the next version of One UI, the One UI 4.0 based on Android 12.
Coming back, interested Pixel smartphone users can now manually download and check the release timeline of the Android 12 by going through the developer site. Besides, we’re mentioning the newly added features and revisions from the official webpage that come with the Android 12 Developer Preview 2.
Android 12 Developer Preview 2:
Picture in Picture (PIP) improvements:
In this multitasking world, the picture-in-picture function is a feature that users need to access easily. Google is using the latest version to improve its PIP model.
Now, the function of converting the application to the picture-in-picture (PIP) mode at home has been improved. If an application has automatic PIP enabled, the system can now convert it to PIP mode directly in the home without waiting for the home animation to complete.
Easier blurs, color filters, and other effects:
Google is making it easier to apply common graphics effects to your Views and rendering hierarchies in the Android 12. Users can use RenderEffect to apply blurs, color filters, and more to any RenderNode.
Extended security for lock screen notification actions:
The Developer Preview 2 of Android 12 comes with added security to the controls over the notifications displayed on the lock screen. You will be able to configure the notification actions, so when these are accessed from the notifications it will show authentication besides revealing it. This extends the notification visibility controls already available through the notification APIs.
Support for Rounded corners:
Following the trend, Google has also added rounded corner functionality on the screen to provide a clean and modern look. In order to deliver a great user experience, developers need to account for the rounded corners and adjust any nearby UI elements to prevent them from being truncated.
App overlay controls:
Google has added another new function in the Android 12 that will now provide controls for whether these app overlays need to be shown on the top of the active app. Android’s system alert window gives apps a way to get user’s attention for important actions by showing then overlay on the top of the active app which can interrupt the users.
Access to app digests:
For applications that need to verify the integrity of application packages installed on Android devices, we have introduced a new API that allows you to query the checksum of installed applications directly on the platform. You can choose from several digest algorithms, such as SHA256, SHA512, Merkle Root, etc.
Bandwidth estimation improvements:
Android 12 will provide users with improved bandwidth estimation to provide a better service experience. The bandwidth estimation function has been enhanced to enable users to retrieve total throughput estimates for each carrier or Wi-Fi SSID, network type, and the signal level of all users on the device.
Keeping companion device apps awake:
Companion devices that need to be managed by smartphones (such as smartwatches and fitness trackers) have also received some new and easy-to-use information.
Google is using the new CompanionDeviceService API to extend CompanionDevice Manager. The application that manages the companion device can implement this service so that the system can wake up the application when the companion device is nearby.
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LineageOS 19.0 brings Android 12 to the Galaxy S10, sorry Samsung One UI 4!
Samsung is likely to release the stable Android 12 update for the Galaxy devices later this year. However, the first batch of devices will include the most recent flagships, the Galaxy S10 users might have to wait until early next year for the One UI 4.0 based on Android 12 update.
Meanwhile, you can still get the novelties of Google’s Android 12 operating system on your Galaxy S10 series smartphone thanks to XDA member for bringing an early LineageOS 19.0 build. If you have a good command of manual ROM flashing, you can try out the method to get Android 12 months ahead of the official release.
Get Android 12-based LineageOS 19.0 for Galaxy S10 [Exynos]
- Galaxy S10e – beyond0lte
- Galaxy S10 – beyond1lte
- Galaxy S10 Plus – beyond2lte
- Galaxy S10 5G – beyondx
- Download Link – Android 12 (LineageOS 19.0) [Google Drive]
It’s worth mentioning that the LineageOS 19.0 build based on Android 12 didn’t destroy the Galaxy S10’s key functionalities such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, fingerprint reader, sound, cameras and others (including Magisk) are all reportedly working fine.
Note: VoLTE and VoWiFi features are no longer working with the initial LineageOS 19.0 build.
Aside from this, the report says that the early build also brings support for Android 12’s monet (wallpaper-based theming system). For those unaware, the theming system creates color palettes based on the dominant color scheme of your wallpaper and applies them to Quick Settings tiles, lock screen, Settings, pop-ups, and apps.
- Check out the XDA story to know more about installation methods.
One UI 4 Beta ‘Bugs and Issues’ Tracker for Samsung Android 12 Update
One UI Beta program is an opportunity for the Galaxy smartphone users, which lets them taste the flavor of the newest Android OS and One UI skin first, months ahead of stable release.
Along with the One UI 4 Beta announcement, Samsung confirmed that the stable Android 12 update will start releasing to the Galaxy handsets later this year, however, Google, later on, reconfirmed the arrival.
However, the One UI 4 Beta program is currently exclusive for the Galaxy S21 users, it will be expanded to more Galaxies such as the latest Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 as well as the Galaxy Note 20 series smartphones.
Meanwhile, the One UI Beta program participants also facing issues while using the early release, obviously, it contains not only new features but, there are also some bugs and issues that reduced the user experience.
In this story, we will track all the One UI 4 Beta based on Android 12 issues and bugs, at the same time, we will also put the temporary fix and official acknowledgments by the company on various users reports.
One UI 4 Beta Bugs and Issues
October 15, 2021 – Galaxy S21 overheating on Camera uses
With the stable Android 11 One UI 3.1.1 build, the device had no overheating issue at all, while it seems, the latest Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta making it hot, mostly during the Camera uses, which needs to be fixed with Beta 3. Read more
October 11, 2021 – Galaxy S21 Wi-Fi router crashing
Samsung Galaxy S21 on One UI 4 Beta 2 has router crashing issue, fix here! Read more
Android 12 Features: Google’s biggest and radical design update in years!
Update: Google officially launched Android 12 on October 4, 2021. Read more
On May 18, 2021, Google introduced the twelfth major generation of its mobile operating system, Android 12. Unlike every version, the company has made countless noticeable changes with this version such as new design, bubbly buttons, shifting colors, smoother animations, and much more.
At the same time, Sameer Samat, VP of product management, Android and Google Play revealed that it is “the biggest design change in Android’s history.”
No doubt, Android has always been about personalization and allowing you to select the device, service, and experience that’s right for you from the beginning. Google’s mobile phone operating system has grown to over 3 billion active devices around the world by providing an open ecosystem that gives you choice.
However, the public beta program of Android 12 has already begun for select smartphones from several companies except for Samsung, but we get to see the new feature directly from the company. Let’s start exploring them, in detail, one by one!
A more personal experience
As Google official revealed during the I/O, Android 12 comes with the biggest design change in Android’s history. Starting the colors to the shape, light and motion, Google entirely revamped the experience. As result, Android 12 is more expressive, dynamic, and personal than ever before.
As always, every single change of the newer version of Android will be implemented on Google’s Pixel phones. At the conference, Google said that Pixel device owners will be able to completely personalize their phones with a custom color palette and redesigned widgets.
With the Android 12, you only have to choose your wallpaper and the system will automatically decide which colors are dominant, which ones just look great, and which ones are complementary. Later on, it applies those colors across the entire OS including notification shade, lock screen, volume controls, widgets, and much more.
Google did this work in deep collaboration between its software, hardware, and Material Design teams. Not that all, the company is unifying its software and hardware ecosystems under a single design language called Material You. The company confirmed that Material You comes first to Google Pixel this fall.
Fluid motion and animations
Google has also simplified interactions and recrafted the entire underlying system to make user’s experience more fluid and efficient. With Android 12, your Android device will be faster and more responsive with better power efficiency so you can use your device for longer without a charge.
Redesigned system spaces
Notification shade, quick settings and power button, are some of the most important spaces on your phone, which have impressively revamped in order to help you get things done.
The Notification Shade is more intuitive and playful, with a crisp, at-a-glance view of your app notifications, whatever you’re currently listening to or watching.
Quick Settings that allows you to control the entire operating system by just a swipe and a tap, is totally refreshed to include Google Pay and Home Controls. While it still lets you customize as per your own preference.
Power Button will now allow users to access the Google Assistant by long-pressing on it, you can easily take the help of Assistant to make a phone call, ask questions, open apps, play songs, and many more.
Private and secure by design
Google’s latest Android 12 operating system brings new features, which presents more transparency around which apps are accessing your data, and more controls so you can make informed choices about how much private information your apps can access.
Furthermore, the new Privacy Dashboard offers a single view into your permissions settings and what data is being accessed, how often and by which apps. Besides, it also enables you to easily revoke app permissions right from the dashboard.
According to Google, it has added a new indicator at the top right corner of the status bar that indicates users when an app is accessing the phone’s camera or microphone. While if you want to remove app access to these sensors for the entire system, Android 12 comes with two new toggles in Quick Settings.
Aside from this, Android 12 also highlights more control over how much information you share with apps. The search engine giant claimed that apps can be limited to seeing just your approximate location instead of a precise one with the new approximate location permissions.
In addition to the above-mentioned features, Android 12 packs several useful features such as improved accessibility features for people with impaired vision, scrolling screenshots, conversation widgets that bring your favorite people to the home screen, and ways for all your devices to work better together.
What about stable Android 12?
Last but not least, Google confirmed that there are more features coming later this year with the stable release of Android 12. However, the US tech giant has not announced the launch date of the stable Android 12, but it could happen somewhere in September this year.
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