Google was performing on an in-depth theming system for Android 12. These design concepts (from RKBDI), which reportedly leaked (via XDA) from Google briefings with OEM partners, show a sand color pulled from the similarly-hued wallpaper of hills and dunes. Google is about to release its next major version of Android — Android 12 — later this year, following a series of Developer Previews and Betas which will likely start rolling out later this month.
before the stable release, Google shares documentation and ASCII text file with its major partners so as to offer them time to organize for the discharge. Today, an alleged early draft of a document that Google made to summarize changes in Android 12 leaked online, and screenshots showcasing the new UI and functional changes were extracted from the document. While we can’t fully confirm the authenticity of those screenshots, we’ve seen evidence that the document in question is, in fact, real, and furthermore that these screenshots indeed came from said document. thereupon in mind, here’s what we’re seeing immediately.
One of the alleged Android 12 screenshots showcases a replacement notifications panel UI. The transparency is gone and replaced with an opaque light beige background, though the color likely depends on the present theme and/or whether or not Dark Mode is enabled. The separation between the “conversations” section with the remainder of the notifications remains there, and therefore the rounded corners of every notification are now more pronounced. the amount of Quick Settings tiles that are shown when the notification panel is partially expanded has been reduced from 6 to 4, causing each icon to become larger. The positions of the date and clock are swapped, while there also are new privacy indicators within the top right-hand corner.
Speaking of which, it seems that Google may add new privacy features in Android 12. within the new Android version, you’ll receive a warning within the sort of status bar indicators whenever an app is using the camera or microphone. Tapping on these status bar icons may show a pop-up at the highest of the screen that tells you exactly which app(s) are using the camera or microphone. Google has been testing these privacy chips for over 2 years now, so it might be nice to ascertain them finally make an appearance in Android 12.
Related to this alteration is an alleged revamp to the “Privacy” settings in Android 12. The new Privacy settings may contain toggles to disable the camera and mute the microphone entirely, additionally to toggling location access. you’ll already disable all sensors on your device by using the “sensors off” Quick Setting tile, but this tile can only be shown once you enable Developer Options. Android 12 may make this sensor toggles more user-accessible by placing them within the Privacy settings.
We have what appears to be a replacement addition to Android’s widget selection. When Apple recently added widgets to iOS, we argued that they’re better than Android’s implementation in some ways. While we don’t know if Google is planning a serious overhaul of widgets, it does appear as if they a minimum of deciding to make a couple of changes. during a few screenshots, we will see an alleged new “Conversations” widget in Android 12 which will highlight recent messages, missed calls, or activity statuses. The widget that’s shown is little and only seems to be large enough to accommodate showing one message/call/status at a time in its smallest size.
One of the documents we viewed shortly after the publication of this text reveals that Google plans to form “conversation widgets” a compulsory feature for all Android 12 devices. These widgets provide access to “People Shortcuts” which contain an avatar, name, notification content, and standing information, ready within the PeopleManager class.
According to a screenshot of the document we viewed, Google is additionally getting to mandate the inclusion of camera and microphone indicators in Android 12. These indicators must be shown prominently at the highest of the screen, always be visible whenever the camera or microphone is being accessed and must have an equivalent color across the ecosystem. We don’t know what other changes are going to be mandated until we get our hands on the complete Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android 12.
since we haven’t received the complete document in question, we can’t 100% verify the authenticity of those images.