Android 12 developer preview is available now with many under-the-hood updates

Android 12 developer preview is available now with many under-the-hood updates


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Google is releasing a developer preview for the next version of Android, Android 12, for Pixel devices today. As is the norm for Google, the very first previews of Android are full of a lot of developer-facing changes. Android 12 has updates to how the OS handles images, video, and future security updates.

It’s also the norm for Google to hold some of the major UI changes in reserve for its Google I/O conference, typically held in May. Although this developer preview does include some changes to the UI for notifications, until we install it we won’t know how closely it will map to the leak we saw earlier this month.

It’s available for Pixel 3 and newer phones but needs to be manually installed by flashing your device. It’s likely…

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