Google will release the next version of Android later this year. It will most probably be dubbed as Android 12 and we might see its first developer preview later this month. Although, just before anything goes official, the alleged screenshots of Android 12 have surfaced online. Google shares some documents and source code with its partners to prepare for the update ahead of an official announcement.

Now, folks at XDA Developers seemingly got access to a draft of such a document that Google made to indicate changes in Android 12. These screenshots show the new UI and some important changes in the next version. So here’s your Android 12 first look and features that might be coming to your smartphones.

Android 12 First Look

First of all, Google is probably planning a whole redesign in UI in the next version. These alleged screenshots show some of the changes in the new version as well as some cool new features.

Expected Android 12 Features

Privacy Features

The first change and probably the most important one is new privacy features. The privacy features in Android 12 might include- showing up the icons at the top to let users know that an app is using the camera or mic. If someone taps the icon, it’ll tell which app is using what. There also seems a quick option to disable the camera or mic permissions with just a tap.

Google will probably mandate these usage indicators for all OEMs in their custom UI once they get Android 12 updates.

New Quick Settings Icons

The next feature, you notice is the icons in Quick Settings. These icons seem to be changing shape based on activity on that icon. For example, the Wi-Fi icon seems to turn round, as well as changes color, when it’s connected. Maybe, these icons are not finalized yet. However, Google may make Quick Settings icons bigger and easier to access this time.

The background colors of these icons also seem to be changing depending on the theme. It is not sure if there will be new themes or not.

New Widgets

It also seems from the screenshots that new widgets are also on the way. In the below screenshots, you can see a new Conversations widget that shows recent messages, missed calls, and other activities. This widget will show only one item at a time when it’s in larger form.

Other Features

Some other features expected to come with Android 12 are app pairs, ‘double tap on the back gesture’, share Wi-Fi passwords with nearby devices, emoji updates from the system updates, and an app hibernation feature.

Android 12 Release Date

Google usually launches its next big Android update during September-October. However, this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it may take a little longer to see the stable Android 12 update as Google employees are working from home. It is expected to be launched in October or November. However, Google may release the first developer preview in late February or mid-March.

Google brings some important changes every year with its software, going with the current trend. So, in such a time when privacy is the main concern for smartphone users, it will be interesting to see how Android 12 may offer new privacy features. Stay tuned for more updates.

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