Android 12 is here & after many many years I think Google has pleasantly surprised me and have even raised my expectations as well with stock Android.
In fact I’m confused whether to call this stock Android or not, because when you think of stock Android you get a feeling of dated Ui, not much personalization & this Android 12 is exactly opposite. Yes, it looks like a modern UI. We’ll talk everything about in Android 12.
Huge ! Huge change in the way stock Android looks. When you pull down the notification you think which UI is this but its stock Android surprise for us. Colors & all are very nice, icons have rounded edges and look very very modern. Android 12 also gives you lots of personalization options. I don’t think we’ve got this level of personalization in the previous years but Android 12 goes next level. Some comparing this to MIUI, realme Ui this feels one step forward.
For eg : changing the wallpaper of your phone will also change the system colors, accent color, background color automatically depending on your wallpaper. That’s really good. It means you don’t have to change theme on your phone just change the wallpaper and look & feel will be automatically changed. We were tracking developer preview, this is the 3rd DP & on top of that it’s running Android 12 Beta 1. There are still 2-3 Beta planned by Google before the final release around Aug.
We’ve installed this on our Pixel 3a – which is 2-3 year old & is not a new phone with less specs. If you get a modern Pixel device then you’ll get even more which currently is missing on Pixel 3a.
One thing is good, whenever latest Android version comes out not many brands offer it right away but now Android 12 is beta is available on various devices of various different brands.
For eg : OnePlus, Asus, OPPO, vivo, ZTE, SHARP, realme etc. are rolling out Android 12 beta on their latest flagship smartphones. This is a beta version not a stable one so install only if you’re adventurous.
One thing I need to tell you, it feels many fluid & responsive. We usually refer these words with Oxygen OS or MIUI but now we can say the same about stock Android. Many new animations have been added which makes this stock Android a modern UI. It’s a serious eye candy. I love It.
Google have names this design as ‘Material You’ which is based on material design & Google specifically calls this as Material You design. Even in the settings menu you’ll notice a lot of changes with colorful & modern icons.
Widgets have also got a new design change with rounded corners & you can control widgets with more customization. Customization & personalization one step forward nice step they have taken.
And they’ve gone one step forward with privacy too. It’ll display the apps & what kind of permissions it’s using. One of the best feature I think, You can see this under the privacy dashboard so you don’t have to search for it in individual apps.
One more important privacy thing has been added, whenever an app uses the camera or microphone you’ll be alerted with little dots in your status bar. This will make you aware of apps using camera or microphone.
This is just Beta 1. As I said there are still 2-3 more beta’s before the stable release. In previously stock Android used to get game mode which is missing In Android 12 currently.
I think it’ll come back in the next update but that is something that I saw missing. But I need to reiterate that Google pleasantly surprised me with Android 12 specially with the look & feel. Seriously !