Google’s third installment of one The Developer Preview for Android 12 updates is now live, bringing a number of promised features to the developers’ proving ground to play with ahead of the all-important first beta that will most likely be released at the Google I / O conference in May.
First, Google is finally rolling out full support for pixel binning that almost all main cameras on modern phones have. With the so-called support for Quad Bayer camera sensors, third-party apps can merge the light and color information of four (or nine) pixels into one super pixel, as is now the case with any telephone camera with 48 MP and more.
“”The new APIs support the unique behavior of these sensors and take into account that they may support different stream configurations and combinations when operating in full resolution or maximum resolution mode versus standard mode“says Google.
Next up is the most forward-looking visual change in Android 12, now available in Developer Preview 3 Edition – the app launch animation. From now on, every app that you start on your Android 12 and higher phone will shortly show the app icon as it loads and then show a transition animation for the app start. This further beautifies and standardizes the visual experience of Android 12.
Another change in the user experience is bringing up notifications. Developers also have the option to standardize the appearance of these. Regardless of whether the call is from a chat app or a regular phone, they will be given top priority in the notification shade, become more visible and have more options for interaction, including avatars and different button colors.
There are also some minor but important other new features such as: For example, the gradual rejection of apps that use precise alarms to keep the system running and thus drain the battery. Links now open right in the set default browser instead of giving you a menu to choose from, and support for the new more precise haptic feedback actuators has also been added at the system level.