Groups Similar Look up By Text Browse About



Similar articles
Article Id Title Prob Score Similar Compare
201183 ARSTECHNICA 2021-2-18:
Google announces the Android 12 Developer Preview
1.000 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201207 THENEXTWEB 2021-2-18:
Android 12’s first developer preview arrives — here’s what’s new
0.975 0.601 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201126 TECHREPUBLIC 2021-2-18:
Android 12: The developer preview has been released
0.983 0.597 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201300 ZDNET 2021-2-18:
Google announces Android 12, releases first developer beta
0.930 0.575 Find similar Compare side-by-side
200978 ZDNET 2021-2-16:
Android 12: Release date, features, rumors, leaks, and more
0.039 0.573 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201244 ZDNET 2021-2-18:
Android 12: First developer beta, release schedule, features, and more
0.781 0.568 Find similar Compare side-by-side
200785 TECHREPUBLIC 2021-2-16:
Android 12: What is rumored to be coming to Android's next iteration
0.021 0.550 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201462 ARSTECHNICA 2021-2-19:
What’s new in the first Android 12 Developer Preview
0.223 0.497 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201101 THEVERGE 2021-2-19:
Stacked widgets and a new look for the lock screen may be coming to Android 12
0.450 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201118 THENEXTWEB 2021-2-19:
Android 12 makes sharing Wi-Fi passwords a breeze
0.432 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201159 THEVERGE 2021-2-18:
Android 12 developer preview feature roundup: improved emergency calls, bigger notifications, and more
0.397 Find similar Compare side-by-side
200899 THENEXTWEB 2021-2-16:
Android 12’s rumored one-handed mode could make big phones more usable
0.377 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201228 ZDNET 2021-2-19:
Google TV users gain access to more shows with the addition of Apple TV+
0.362 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201247 THENEXTWEB 2021-2-18:
Apple TV+ finally arrives on (some) Android TV devices
0.355 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201295 ZDNET 2021-2-18:
Now you can pay for parking right from Google Maps
0.337 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201287 ZDNET 2021-2-18:
Google: 40 new Chromebooks are coming in 2021, plus all these new features
0.333 Find similar Compare side-by-side
200728 ARSTECHNICA 2021-2-16:
Galaxy S21 Ultra—$200 cheaper but still not competitive
0.323 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201135 THEVERGE 2021-2-18:
Older Pixel phones are having serious camera issues, according to owners
0.319 Find similar Compare side-by-side
200734 ZDNET 2021-2-17:
Owner of app that hijacked millions of devices with one update exposes buy-to-infect scam
0.316 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201143 ARSTECHNICA 2021-2-17:
Google’s older Pixel cameras are failing at an accelerating rate
0.315 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201301 ZDNET 2021-2-18:
Google to work more closely with the Mayo Clinic at new Minnesota office
0.309 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201285 ZDNET 2021-2-18:
Google, J.B. Hunt ink deal to tackle US transport, supply chain challenges
0.298 Find similar Compare side-by-side
201555 THENEXTWEB 2021-2-22:
What my biggest fuck-up as a developer taught me about taking ownership
0.298 Find similar Compare side-by-side
200966 THENEXTWEB 2021-2-16:
Zut alors! France spanks Google over ‘misleading’ hotel ranking algorithm
0.297 Find similar Compare side-by-side
200753 VENTUREBEAT 2021-2-17:
Oribi raises $15.5 million to challenge Google Analytics with no-code marketing insights
0.296 Find similar Compare side-by-side

1

ID: 201183

URL: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/google-announces-the-android-12-developer-preview/

Date: 2021-02-18

Google announces the Android 12 Developer Preview

Google promises a revamped notification UI, lots of other changes. Google is launching the first developer preview of Android 12 on Thursday. This is the beginning of a seven-month beta process that should end with a final release sometime around September. System images will be out today for the Pixel line (if these links are broken, check back later). Support is being cut for the Pixel 2 this year; for phones, the preview will only work for the Pixel 3/3a and up. There's also an "Android 12 preview for Android TV" available for the ADT-3 Developer Kit, which is interesting because commercial Android TV devices, like the "Google Chromecast with Google TV," still run Android 10. So what's new? It's hard to take a full audit now since we're only working from a blog post with zero pictures and no documentation to read yet, but Google outlines a few interesting features.  First, Google says it is "refreshing notification designs to make them more modern, easier to use, and more functional," which probably applies to the earlier leaks that already hit the Internet. The company also says it is "optimizing transitions and animations across the system to make them more smooth," which is something we'll investigate once we get some actual code. On the performance side of things, ART, the Android RunTime engine that powers all the non-game apps on Android, is now officially updatable via the Play Store, whereas it previously needed a whole system update to be changed. ART is now a Project Mainline module, Google's new system for shipping core system code through the Play Store. Google has been taking baby steps toward making ART a Mainline module in previous years—ART has been packaged as a Mainline module on Pixel phones since Android 10 but has never been updated. For Android 12, Google says it will be shipping ART updates that can "improve runtime performance and correctness, manage memory more efficiently, and make Kotlin operations faster—all without requiring a full system update. " Android's Binder IPC (InterProcess Communication) calls are getting an optimization pass, too, which Google says should reduce "system variability" and "has yielded roughly a 2x performance increase on Binder calls overall." Android 12 will bring support for yet another image format—AVIF, an image codec based on the AV1 video codec. AV1 is an open source, royalty-free video codec built as a successor to VP9 that is being rapidly adopted by Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and many other streaming providers due to its superior performance and lack of royalties.  AVIF is a competitor to that other weird new image format, HEIC, but because it's based on H.265, HEIC has royalty costs.  AVIF comparisons show the format generally outperforming JPEG and WEBP—meaning better image quality for less bandwidth. Google's position as a browser developer, an OS developer, and major content deliverer through YouTube and various websites means it can ram through format changes on its own platforms. On the security and privacy side of things, Android's WebView (Web content embedded in apps) will include identical "SameSite" cookie behavior as Chrome, meaning it will block unflagged third-party cookies. Android is doing more work to limit access to device identifiers by cutting off the Netlink MAC address access to all apps. There are also some changes to the default handling of Android intents, which allow Android apps to call up features from other apps. This may be an attempt to stop poorly configured apps from creating security vulnerabilities, but it's hard to tell without seeing the docs first. There are many other things mentioned in Google's blog post, but it's hard to make heads or tails of a lot of it without access to the documentation. By the time you're reading this, all that will be out, and we'll be working on a full hands-on.  Google says it's expecting to reach "Platform Stability" by August 2021, which will give developers "several weeks before the official release to do your final testing."