Google shows off the first developer preview of Android 12, the company debuts a new very version that can already be installed by users with a compatible Google Pixel device.
As usual, in the announcement of the developer preview of Android 12, the company stressed the importance of improving security, privacy, and user experience.
Google releases the first developer preview of Android 12
Most of the new features that Google has announced have to do with new tools that will offer a new user experience in its operating system and applications.
To improve the quality of images in applications, and also take up less space, Android 12 adds support for the AV1 image format (AVIF). They also add the transcoding of videos in HEVC so devices that do not support this codec can play their videos in the AVC format. Google reports that transcoding a one-minute 1080p video at 30 fps takes about 9 seconds on a Pixel 4.
To improve system performance and make apps run smoother we see Android 12 optimizing foreground services, preventing apps from overuse. The responsiveness of notifications is also improved. Touching a notification will open the application without waiting. And speaking of notifications, these will also receive a small facelift to debut a more modern, easier to use, and more functional design.
To make it easier to share or paste images, videos, and files, Android 12 allows apps to accept content from any source such as clipboard and keyboard.
To offer a more immersive experience as Android 12 adds support for haptic sound effects. Developers will now be able to use vibration to create sensations in their apps and games by playing with vibration strength and frequency in tune with the music. And to be even more immersive Android multichannel audio now supports 24 channels compared to 8 in previous versions.
Privacy and security are key
And finally, and one of the most important new features, is that starting with Android 12 the Android Runtime (ART) module, on which applications run, will now be updated through Google Play. This allows Google to improve compatibility, performance and fix bugs without having to wait for developers to release a system update.