Android 12 has begun rolling out to Pixel phones, as Google announced at its Pixel Fall Launch event on Tuesday. The latest version of Android was first released as a developer preview in February and detailed at the Google I / O developer conference in May. Google also made the Android 12 source code available for the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) shortly before this month. Android 12 introduces a new design language called Material You, which aims to improve personalization on Android devices. There are also new privacy controls, including the ability to allow users to share their approximate location with third-party apps.
Android 12 features
One of the biggest changes Android 12 brings to your Pixel phone is the Material You design language. It aims to improve the personalization of the device by allowing users to choose a personalized color palette and new widgets according to their tastes and preferences. The new Android version also includes fluid motion and animation to provide a fresh user experience.
Android 12 is also designed to optimize the overall user experience by improving energy efficiency. It also includes baseline improvements to reduce the CPU time required for basic system services by 22% and reduce the system server’s large core usage by up to 15%. This helps to make the user experience faster and more responsive.
Google has also included a list of new privacy-focused changes in Android 12 to provide better privacy controls. There is a new privacy dashboard that details the permission settings and the data that is accessed through which application. There is also the option to provide an approximate location resolution instead of providing accurate location data to third-party applications. A new indicator will also appear in the upper right corner of the screen when any installed applications have access to the built-in microphone or camera. These are all similar to the privacy controls that Apple introduced in earlier iOS releases.
Android 12 is also claimed to provide faster machine learning and more responsive notifications by reducing system-level latency. There is also support for the AV1 Image File Format (AVIF) for improved image quality at the same file size over older image formats including JPEG. In addition, Android 12 comes with a compatible media transcoding feature to improve video quality and compression.
How to get Android 12 update on Google Pixel devices
Android 12 is rolling out to the Google Pixel phone roster, which consists of Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5. Once the update reaches your suitable your Pixel phone, you’ll receive a download notification. You can also manually check for updates by going to System > Advanced > System update…
In addition to the earlier Pixel phones, Android 12 will be available for devices from manufacturers such as Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi in the near future. The latest version of Android will also come preinstalled on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones.