ANDROID 12 Posts on XDA

Here are six things iOS 15 could learn from Android 12

Apple's iOS 14.5 beta has just recently gone live, and while it brings some incremental improvements to the iOS software that ran out of the box in the iPhone 12 series, we here at XDA feel iOS still has some ways to go before matching Android in usability (okay, fine, we may be just a...

How to install the Android 12 Developer Preview on your Google Pixel smartphone

It’s that time of year again! The first Developer Preview build of Android 12 is now available for supported devices starting today. This won’t give you the full Android 12 experience as it's still very much a work-in-progress, but for lucky owners of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL,...

How to download Android 12 Developer Preview for Google Pixel devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the Android 12 Developer Preview program. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, or the Pixel 3 XL, then...

Android 12 Developer Preview 1.1 is here for the Google Pixel devices with March 2021 patches and general bug fixes

Back in February, Google launched Android 12 Developer Preview 1, giving us our first big glimpse at Google’s upcoming version of Android. The company plans to release a few more developer previews and subsequent public betas before the stable release. However, today Google is rolling out a minor update in the form of Developer Preview...

Android 12 “Snow Cone”: Everything we know so far about Google’s next big update, with Developer Preview 1 changes and unreleased features!

Android is the world's most popular smartphone operating system, running on billions of smartphones around the world. As a result, even the tiniest of changes in the OS has the potential to affect millions of users. But because of the way that Android updates are delivered, it's debatable whether these changes actually make a difference....

Google prepares to add Pixel-exclusive lock screen clocks in Android 12

While AOSP has had a robust theming system for years, it took until the Android 10 release for Google to finally take advantage of it for theming on Pixel phones. With Android 10, Google introduced the Pixel Themes app accessible from the "Styles & wallpapers" shortcut in the Pixel Launcher. Apart from customizing the icon...

Android 12’s audio-coupled haptic effect is even cooler than it sounds

If you follow our blog, then I don't think I need to tell you that Google released the first Android 12 builds last week (seriously, we've posted a ton about it). While we've mostly focused on revealing unreleased features, today we're stepping back and testing one of the new OS's officially-announced features. One of the...

Android 12’s hidden App Pairs feature is incomplete but shows promise

In case you missed the deluge of news last week, Google released the first Developer Preview of Android 12, and we're really excited about all the changes we've found so far. One of the changes we heard about prior to release was a feature called App Pairs. Through our own sources and code analysis of...

Android 12 has a hidden Gaming Toolbar that floats on your screen

This year's Android 12 update is shaping up to be Google's biggest release in years, judging by all the cool new features we're finding. Earlier today, XDA Recognized Developer and friend of the site Quinny899 gave us our first look at Android 12's hidden Conversation widget, but that's not the only feature he enabled. Thanks...

Here’s our first real look at Android 12’s new Conversation widget

Google released the first developer preview of its upcoming Android 12 update last week, and we've been busy tearing down the new system apps and firmware to find clues about new features. While we've found a lot ourselves, we have to give credits to talented developers on XDA for finding some of the more exciting...

Are you also disappointed with Android 12 so far?

Google released the first Android 12 Developer Preview build earlier this week. To many of us who were expecting the major design overhaul seen earlier in the Android 12 leak, the first official release was quite underwhelming — despite a host of new improvements it brought to Android's functionality. Of course, this is just the...

This is our first look at Android 12’s wallpaper-based theming system

Before the release of Android 12 Developer Preview 1 earlier this week, we learned that Google is working on a new theming system that can recolor supported third-party applications. This enhanced theming system takes the foundations of the RRO and OMS APIs introduced in previous versions of Android and combines them with Android's Palette and...