With Android 12, the world’s most widely used mobile operating system continues its steady march to create unique outlets and find differentiators from Apple’s iOS. Available for Pixel 3 and later, the new operating system builds on some of the operating system’s strengths, while adding new features along the way.
When everyone has a phone that basically looks like any other smartphone ever made, customization becomes more important. That’s why Google is bringing the Material You feature to the operating system – when you change your wallpaper, the entire Android 12 experience changes to match your colors. The operating system includes color extraction algorithms that make everything appear seamless and seamless. Everything is customizable, including the lock screen, notifications, settings, widgets, and even apps. Hardware First you get Pixel and then you will implement it on devices from other device manufacturers
Security and privacy are other issues throughout the operating system. For example, Android 12 allows you to keep your exact location private from apps that, strictly speaking, only need an approximate location to function. You can also see when an app is using your microphone or camera, with a new status bar indicator. And if you want to turn off the camera and microphone across the entire OS, you can turn them off in quick settings with a couple of new switches. The operating system also adds additional features to block apps you have forgotten, automatically revoking app permissions after several months of inactivity.
The operating system also finally divorces the connection between location and Bluetooth. As Google puts it, “Although your wireless headphones need to connect to your phone, they probably don’t need to know where you are. Android 12 finally makes it possible.
Google introduced a bunch of new Android features for Google Lens in older versions of the operating system; for example, you can OCR any screenshot. Android 12 adds additional extensions to this functionality, such as “scrolling screenshots”. Just because you get to the bottom of the screen doesn’t mean you have to go to the bottom of the screenshot. The new scrolling screenshots will allow you to capture all the content on the page in one image. Intelligent!
The new features extend beyond functionality; Android 12 also offers improved accessibility and power saving features. The company also rolls out hot updates, so you can continue to use an application even while an update for the same application is downloaded and installed in the background. God forbid, you will have to turn off Pokémon GO for a few minutes.
Google’s Android 12 operating system is rolling out to supported phones starting today.