Android 12 : The Material You Design beta released

This is the first beta version of Android 12 and it not a stable version . Next 2 or 3 beta versions will come in near future and we will get a stable Android 12 OS .


Android 12 has been announced at Google I/O on 18 May 2021 , Google unveiled a new Material You design means MY, this version of Android has unique refreshed look . Android 12 includes many more new features, including new Privacy Dashboard, better performance and battery life.

Visual Changes :

Android 12 looks and feels are totally different from previous versions of android . Google pleasantly surprised users with new and exciting look & feel .

The biggest change in Android 12 is the dramatic appearance of the user interface. The Material You design focuses on making Android as personal as possible . If you own a Pixel phone and wish to download the first public Android 12 beta, you can experience a new color scheme and redesigned widgets. The colors from the applied theme will be visible in the notification shade and lock screen widgets .

Which brands rollout Android 12 initially :

  • Asus Zenfone 8
  • OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro
  • Realme GT
  • Tecno Camon 17
  • TCL 20 and TCL 20 Pro 5G
  • Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
  • Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i and Mi 11X Pro
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G

Notification Tray :

The notification tray in Android 12 is different. When you pull down the notification tray, you will notice rounded corners at the top of the panel. The quick Settings icons are larger and they are more colourful. Notifications automatically grouped per app and we will easily snooze notifications for specific time period .

New Privacy features :

Android 12 focuses on privacy and security. First Google has added a new Privacy Dashboard, which is basically a hub for data privacy, In this privacy Dashboard you know exactly what data is accessed and which apps are using permissions. Android 12 has built-in privacy indicators like iOS 14, that will let you know if the app is using the phone’s microphone , camera , location permission directly. Google has added the ability to block camera and microphone access for all apps. This feature can be seen when you pull down the notification bar.

Access Google Assistant :

Another change is the Google Assistant. A long press of the power button can be used to access the Google Assistant.

Motions and animations :

In Android 12, the UI elements including icons are more big and rounded . But the interface is more dynamic and responsive. This is possible because Google has able to improve CPU usage by 22 per cent . Then the result is improving in overall performance of an Android smartphone and battery life.

New Lock screen layout and updated clock :


Google is updating the lock screen on Android smartphones. Now the look and layout are different. Now local weather, alarms and notifications are in the upper-left corner. It’s much cleaner now. The clock is also getting an update. The digital clock in the center and take the entire display.

Android TV remote :

All Android 12 smartphones will be able to operate as a TV remote for all Android TV devices . The phone’s microphone for voice search or type using the phone keyboard .

picture-in-picture Mode :

Picture-in-picture mode i.e. PiP have a small floating video window on screen even when you are not open that video app . Now new controls can be enlarge the video window smoothly .

One-handed mode :

Using a big-screen smartphone is more difficult to use with one hand. But Android 12 now features a new one-handed mode. To activate this feature, go to Settings > System > Gestures > One-Handed Mode . This is a very convenient feature for users.

OS update :

Android 12 might be give us OS update directly delivered from Play Store . This helps for small and frequent updates rollout easily .

I personally miss the game mode in this update . It may be present in next update and it will fix properly .



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