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Android 12: news and date of update of compatible smartphones

The update to Android 12 is already available on some smartphones in beta or stable version. List of new features, compatible smartphones… find everything you need to know about the latest version of Google’s OS on all Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Sony phones and more.

During Google I/O 2021, we witnessed the presentation of Beta 1 of Android 12. After several months of development (and different phases in the beta program), the proper deployment took place on Google Pixel for the general public – at the same time as the formalization of Pixel 6 and 6 Pro which benefit from it natively.

What’s new, deployment date, compatible smartphones (from Samsung, Xiaomi, or others)… Find in this file everything you need to know about Android 12. And if it’s the latest version (still in beta when these lines) that interests you, you can also check out what’s new in Android 13.

Android 12 rollout date

The deployment of Android 12 in a stable version was planned for the fall of 2021. Google has respected its roadmap by updating its compatible Pixels on October 19. Now it’s the turn of other manufacturers to follow suit. The stable version of Android 12 is available in AOSP.

What’s new in Android 12

Below are all the new features in Android 12, whether officially announced by Google on the official blog or discovered using the system.

More security

“Privacy is at the heart of everything we do, and in Android 12 we continue to give users more transparency and control while keeping their devices and data safe,” Google said. Several changes have been made within the system in this regard.

The WebView has thus been revised in order to improve the transparency of the use of cookies across the sites. Its operation is thus similar to what the various browsers offer, Chrome at the top of the list.

App developers also need to be more transparent. When exporting and assigning activities or services, Android 12 requires more transparency. For example, it is now impossible for an app in the background to launch a service in the foreground.

The MAC address of the phone can no longer be accessed from an application.

A better user experience

More roundnessAndroid 12 comes with a big aesthetic change

driven by Google’s new philosophy in terms of design: Material You. This redesign wants to offer as many customizations as possible so that the interface corresponds as much as possible to the desires of the user. The accent colors thus adapt to the dominant color of the screen for more immersion. However, this function is initially reserved only for Google Pixel.

Beyond that, Material You on Android 12 also brings much more roundness within the system windows. This is particularly the case on the volume or screen brightness bar, both larger, but also with the multitasking screen, with widgets or with pop-up screens in the settings.

Note also a significant reorganization of the quick settings tiles, while the locked screen has also been entitled to changes. The time, for example, is displayed larger when you have no notifications to further enhance your peace of mind.

Photo and video encoding/decoding

 

Android 12 brings a new layer of video decoding to make HEVC and AVC video formats work at all levels of the system, including in applications that do not support it natively. Using this format improves file compression and ultimately saves storage space.

For still images, the system adds support for the AV1 Image File (AVIF) format. The result is a much higher image quality at an equivalent size.
Simple WiFi sharing

To facilitate the sharing of your WiFi code, Android 12 integrates a QR Code system directly from the WiFi settings menu. Even simpler, it is possible to use proximity sharing to allow anyone to connect in a few clicks without having to copy the code or scan anything.

Improved Picture in Picture (PiP)

The Picture in Picture interface has been improved in Android 12. Now a single click on the floating window displays the video player controls while a double click expands the window. Until now, a single click performed these two actions while a double click returned the video to full screen.

It is also possible to temporarily hide the floating window in order to easily consult the contents which could be below.

A new one-handed mode similar to the iPhone

In Android 12, Google has integrated a one-handed mode very similar to what Apple offers on the iPhone. By sliding your finger down on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, the display is reduced and goes down to the lower half of the screen. The screen automatically returns to its normal size after a few seconds of inactivity (or by repeating the opposite gesture).

The process has been even more simplified since the Developer Preview 3 of Android 12, since this one-handed mode is now activated by default in Android 12. No need to dig into the settings to activate the “use one-handed mode” option. , since this option is now enabled by default. You just have to make the gesture to benefit directly.

Extended screenshots

Already available on many smartphones, the extended screenshot is making a shy entry on Android 12. Inaccessible as standard, this function can be activated via an ADB command, adding a button when taking a screenshot to scroll through the screen. image recording. This function is still uncertain for the final version of the update.

Still on screenshots, Android 12 DP3 added a welcome little feature. In addition to the default font proposed for annotations, it is possible to choose from several other fonts.

Greater compatibility

As part of Project Mainline to separate the blocks of Android from major updates, Android 12 integrates the ART module into the Google Play system to enable simplified updates of this layer allowing the execution of applications. Improvements can thus be pushed to manage application execution performance or memory management without requiring a major system update.

The different device formats are also better managed. After the optimization of the tablet format and that of smartphones with foldable screens, it is the turn of TVs to be entitled to it. Thus, the preview of Android 12 for Android TV is also available to improve the experience of applications on this platform.

And more
Many other optimizations have been made to the system, such as improving gestural navigation, for example, to avoid false positives (or false negatives) as much as possible. We also think of the hibernation of applications not used for a long time to free up storage, the fact that your smartphone can be used as a car key or remote control on Android TV.

Smartphones compatible with Android 12

A total of 22 smartphones were eligible for the first beta of Android 12. But since October 19, 2021, all Google smartphones concerned can install the stable version. Many brands have since deployed a stable version. Here is the full list:
Android 12 from Asus

  • Asus Zenfone 8
  • Asus ZenFone 8 Flip
  • Asus ROG Phone 5, 5 Pro and 5s & 5S Pro
  • Asus ROG Phone 3 (en cours de bêta)
  • Asus Zenfone 7 / 7 Pro

Android 12 from Google

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

Android 12 from Motorola

  • Motorola Moto G Pro
  • Motorola Moto G30
  • Motorola Moto G200
  • Motorola Moto G50
  • Motorola Edge 20
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro

Coming soon

  • Razr 5G
  • Razr 2020
  • Moto g71 5G
  • Moto g51 5G
  • Moto g41
  • Moto g31
  • Moto g100
  • Moto g60s
  • Moto g60
  • Moto g40 fusion
  • Moto g30
  • Moto g power (2022)
  • Moto g pure
  • Moto g stylus 5g
  • Motorola edge 20 lite
  • Motorola edge 20 fusion
  • Motorola edge (2021)
  • Motorola edge 5G UW
  • Motorola edge plus
  • Motorola one 5G ace
  • Motorola one 5G UW ace

Android 12 from Nokia

  • Nokia X10
  • Nokia X20
  • Nokia G50
  • Nokia XR20

    Android 12 from Asus

    • Asus Zenfone 8
    • Asus ZenFone 8 Flip
    • Asus ROG Phone 5, 5 Pro & 5s & 5S Pro
    • Asus ROG Phone 3
    • Asus Zenfone 7 / 7 Pro

    Android 12 from Google

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

    Android 12 from Motorola

    • Motorola Moto G Pro
    • Motorola Moto G30
    • Motorola Moto G200
    • Motorola Moto G50
    • Motorola Edge 20
    • Motorola Edge 20 Pro

    À venir

    • Razr 5G
    • Razr 2020
    • Moto g71 5G
    • Moto g51 5G
    • Moto g41
    • Moto g31
    • Moto g100
    • Moto g60s
    • Moto g60
    • Moto g40 fusion
    • Moto g30
    • Moto g power (2022)
    • Moto g pure
    • Moto g stylus 5g
    • Motorola edge 20 lite
    • Motorola edge 20 fusion
    • Motorola edge (2021)
    • Motorola edge 5G UW
    • Motorola edge plus
    • Motorola one 5G ace
    • Motorola one 5G UW ace

    Android 12 chez Nokia

    • Nokia X10
    • Nokia X20
    • Nokia G50
    • Nokia XR20

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