Google has revealed that the next version of its mobile OS is going to be called Android 12 and it’s scheduled to launch sometime in the fall of 2021. The announcement was made by senior vice president of Android Google, Hiroshi Lockheimer, during the annual Google I/O event.
Android 12 will be the first update to the platform in three years, and it will come with a bunch of new features that the users will absolutely love. It’s also the platform’s last major release before Android Q which is expected to launch sometime in 2021.
Here are some of the new features that we can expect in Android 12:
Android has always featured a battery saver mode on its phones. This is an automatic mode that reduces the power consumption of apps when your phone is low on battery and helps preserve your precious juice.
With Android 12, Google will add a “boost mode”, which the company claims to be more than just a battery-saving option.
The feature offers a major increase in performance when your phone’s battery is running low.
Users will be able to choose what to prioritize by shifting the time they want to use the phone at full power, to underpowered, which could last for another 30 minutes.
Google has emphasized that Boost mode works with most apps and does not reduce the time users have to use the phone during the day.
As the name suggests, Digital Wellbeing allows you to see how much time you’ve spent on your phone on a single day and also lets you set timers to limit your usage. It will also let you see how much time you’ve spent on apps as well as where you spent the most amount of time.
It also features the Do not Disturb mode that will allow you to disable notifications when you don’t want to be disturbed.
Notification channels help you reduce your phone’s vibration and ring volume while making notifications easier to spot by implementing these changes.
It lets users choose a notification channel based on how important the message is. For example, only push notifications from contacts you speak with a lot would be marked as important. But a message you need to take a call from would be marked as important.
The adaptive battery can intelligently switch between apps to improve your battery life. If an app is using the most power, it will be automatically disabled to reduce strain on your battery.
Permission for third-party keyboards
Google will allow third-party keyboards to work on phones that don’t have keyboards from Apple, Samsung, or others.
When asked about this, Lockheimer said that many developers have asked for this feature, and since it will not impact user experience, Google has decided to offer it.
The updates will bring improvements to Doze, which will get bigger jump-ups in performance. It will also get the new Assistant over the next six to nine months. There will also be a mode that blocks annoying calls.
While we can’t confirm the features Google will be unveiling at I/O, we’re expecting the beta testing phase for Android 12 sometime in August to get its final version released to the public by September this year.
Google is planning to officially launch the Android 12 platform sometime in the first half of 2021.
We can only hope that the feature will see the light of the day sometime before Android Q releases.
What do you think of these new features? Will you be installing these on your phone? Let us know in the comments!
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