Android 12 Developer Preview Released: Check New Features, Compatibility & Release Date

Google has finally released the developer preview of the much-awaited Android 12 Operating System. The official release of Android 12 is expected later this year. Before the developer preview is released many of the features of Android 12 have been leaked. Now, as the company is released the preview of the OS, let us check out the features and compatibility of the OS.

Android 12 Developer Preview 1 Released

Android 12 Developer Preview 1 Released

Last year, in September the public release of Android 11 was available and the new release is not out. Just like previous developer previews, the Android 12 Developer Preview 1 is released and the aim of the developers is to keep the apps ready for the next Android update.

The Android 12 Developer Preview is now available for download on Google Pixel smartphones. The developers can check out the new features and changes by using the Android Emulator that is available in Android Studio.

New Features of Android 12

Changes to Notifications

In the first developer preview, we can see the changes to notifications. Google is also working on optimizing transitions and animations to make the system smoother. Additionally, Android 12 is in development to bring more active notifications.

Support HEVC Format

Android 12 preview brings the support HEVC format for video capture that is compatible to media transcoding. Google has provided support for AVI Image File Format (AVIF) by using AV1. It will improve the image for the same size of the file when it is compared to older image formats.

All the apps that are designed for Android 12 will be able to offer audio-coupled feedback via the phone’s vibrator.

Google has made immersive mode simple to make the gesture navigation smooth. The Android 12 OS comes with Android Runtime (ART) module.

Android 12 Developer Preview compatibility

In a blog post, Google announced that the Developer Preview of Android 12 is compatible with the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 3, 
  • Pixel 3 XL, 
  • Pixel 3a, 
  • Pixel 3a XL, 
  • Pixel 4, 
  • Pixel 4XL, 
  • Pixel 4a, 
  • Pixel 4a 5G,
  • Pixel 5. 

All these models have system images available for download. The first developer preview can be installed via Android Emulator in Android Studio. Even the Android TV apps developers can get the preview via the ADT-3 device.

Before proceeding further, you must note that the first preview is meant for developers only and is not for end consumers. So, you might see some bugs or issues after you install the preview of Android 12.

Android 12 Release Date

Google has announced the Developer Preview 1 of Android 12, and with that, it has shared the release timeline of the new update.

  • Android 12 Developer Preview 1: February
  • Android 12 Developer Preview 2: March
  • Android 12 Developer Preview 3: April
  • Android 12 Beta 1: May
  • Android 12 Beta 2, 3: June-July
  • Android 12 Beta 4: August

In addition, Google has claimed that the Android 12 stable version will come in August via the Beta 4 stage.

Apart from this, earlier we have seen many features that might come including one-handed mode, scrolling screenshots, better notification snoozing, Nearby Share, and more.

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