Android 12 features
The final finished version of Android 12 will likely land in September or October which will be announced by google IO 2021 based on past releases of the OS, though most likely only on a small number of handsets to begin with, such as the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a, along with the upcoming Google Pixel 6, assuming such a phone launches.
Android 12 is the 2021 update for Google’s Android operating system, building on 2020’s Android 11, which some phones still don’t have. But this is more than just an iterative update – Google describes it as the biggest design change in Android’s history.
The power button will now bring up Google Assistant, a much easier method of summoning the service for a query when needed.
A new built-in remote is also now standard in Android 12, so if you have a TV that runs on Android, or just a Chromecast, you can use your phone to browse through your favorite shows.
Alongside this, a new feature called Car Key enables you to unlock your compatible smart car with your phone. This will allow you to unlock, lock and even start the engine from your smartphone.
It uses UWB (ultra-wideband) technology, meaning that you can walk up to your car and it’ll unlock, without you even having to take your phone out.
You’ll also be able to share digital access to your vehicle with others – allowing you to lend your car to a friend without giving them a physical key and allowing them access for a period of time.
In a slight nod to its competitor, Google is also touting better support for third-party app stores
Google’s password manager is also being redeveloped, with a cross-platform integration across your Google apps and devices.
Android 12: privacy and security
Google has made it a point this year to make sure that privacy is at the center of Android 12. The company repeated the point of privacy being at the forefront this year, and that includes Android 12.
The notification center also has quick access to disable any features of the phone that an app is using.
For example, if Facebook is using the microphone while you’re using another app, this part of the notification center will show you explicitly that Facebook is using the microphone. Pressing this will disable the use of it to Facebook, and other apps if you wish.
Finally, when using an app such as the camera, there will be a subtle UI hint that certain features of the camera are being used, similar to how it shows in Apple’s iOS 14.
When will be Android 12 going to launch?
The final finished version of Android 12 will likely land in September or October which will be announced by google IO 2021 based on past releases of the OS