Android 11 made significant improvements to Google’s mobile OS, adding tools like chat bubbles, conversation notifications, and a built-in screen recorder. But most of its gains were in the backend, making it rather unexciting compared to iOS 14’s flashy changes. This year, it’s Android 12 that’s making a striking entrance.
Labeled by Google as “the biggest design change in Android’s history,” Android 12 has a colorful redesign called Material You. The new OS customizes and enlivens your phone screen without needing an Android launcher or icon pack. Beyond that, Android 12 will add quality-of-life improvements like a Privacy Dashboard, scrollable screenshots, faster animations, more intelligent notifications, and tons of other long-requested features.
Android 12 should arrive in a little over a month, at least on Google Pixel phones. It’s currently in beta 3, which was surprisingly buggy considering it’s so close to launch. Hopefully, the upcoming beta 4 “Platform Stability” update will resolve some of those issues
This article will talk about all the design changes and new features making their way to Android 12, along with the Android 12 launch windows for Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and other manufacturers.