3 things Android 12 can do that Android 11 can’t

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Google unveiled the most recent model of its Android working system this week, Android 12. Obtainable now as a developer preview, Android 12 seems to be fairly just like Android 11, with a number of new options and a few efficiency fixes geared toward serving to your cellphone run extra easily. 

Should you’re desirous to check out the brand new OS, you’ll be able to obtain and set up the Android 12 developer preview now. However be warned that as the primary developer preview, it’s probably filled with bugs, and is not meant for the typical individual to check out at this level — particularly not in your main machine. We anticipate Google to launch a public beta in Might, and the ultimate model round August or September.

Listed here are three of the largest new options we have seen in Android 12 thus far, in comparison with Android 11.

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App privateness options

Google is including a number of new privateness options to apps to offer customers extra transparency and management, in line with an Android Builders weblog put up. One replace offers you extra details about how cookies can be utilized throughout websites, whereas one other modifications how apps export info to stop them from by accident exporting actions, companies and receivers. 

It is price noting that these insurance policies are much less strict than these in Apple’s current iOS software program launch, which incorporates new app “diet labels” that inform folks what private information their apps are amassing, and an upcoming change that requires builders to ask folks for permission to assemble information and observe them throughout apps and web sites. 

Redesigned notifications

With Android 12, Google is altering up the design of notifications to make them extra fashionable and useful. If you faucet on a notification, it is going to take you on to the app or motion you need to take, as an alternative of going by way of an middleman service to start out that motion. This could make all the things run quicker, in line with the weblog put up.

As famous by tech website XDA Builders, Android 12 additionally will get a brand new button that allows you to snooze unimportant notifications, and select how lengthy to take action. You can too activate adaptive notifications rating to let Android rearrange your notifications primarily based on how you’re employed with totally different apps, and reset it the rating if you happen to do not prefer it.

One-handed mode

Android 12 seems to incorporate a number of design modifications that make it simpler to function Android telephones with one hand and your thumb. XDA Builders famous that the up to date settings UI strikes the Search bar to the underside of the show for simpler one-handed entry. It additionally uncovered a brand new characteristic known as “silky house” that makes all the interface extra appropriate for one-handed use. 

For extra, take a look at the best way to obtain the Android 12 developer preview, and the greatest Android telephones to purchase for 2021.