Android 12: Google distributes the update to smartphones from the Pixel 3

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Android 12 has been transferred to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) since the beginning of October, but OTA updates and factory images for Google smartphones have not yet been available. That changes tonight parallel to the presentation of the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro (hands-on) for all devices from the Pixel 3.

Android 12 is now available for all Google smartphones distributed from the Pixel 3 introduced in October 2018. The smartphone has now reached the end of the official three-year support period and should only receive extremely important security updates in the future if Google considers them to be absolutely necessary.

These smartphones receive the update

Google support for the update to Android 12 is available for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a. The Pixel 6 (Pro) is shipped from the factory with the new operating system.

Innovations of Android 12 at a glance

The innovations in Android 12 mainly concern the design, the speed of the UI and data protection.

With Android 12, Google is introducing a completely new design language under the name “Material You” . Google wants to unite the software and hardware ecosystems under the new design language in the future.

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The new material You Design from Android 12
The new Material You Design from Android 12
Color Extraction for new possibilities of personalization
New widgets for the home screen
The new quick settings
New animations for notifications
The new privacy dashboard
indicators for microphone and camera in the status bar
users can share their approximate instead of exact location

The operating system should also feel faster and more responsive and at the same time work more efficiently in order to extend the battery life. System services are said to require up to 22 percent less CPU time and the use of main services by the system server has been reduced by up to 15 percent.

The new notification bar should be clearer View of the current app notifications score and prominently place which music is currently being listened to or which video is currently being watched.

Privacy dashboard in Android 12

Also what happens to the personal data on the smartphone, should visualize Android 12 better and give the user more control over it. Users should be able to decide for themselves how much private information apps can access. There is a new privacy dashboard in Android 12.

With Android 12, Google is also making adjustments to its own distribution platform, Google Play, and is responding to developer feedback. It should be made easier for them to offer apps via alternative app stores. During the checkout process, Google clearly highlights which apps must use Google's payment system.

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