Preview of Android 12 Developer releases focusing on privacy and security
The Android 12 developer preview is out, and the internet is busy poring over it to find any new features or hints at the OS’s future.
For media lovers, Google is expanding the support for HEVC encoding, adding it as a layer within Android. The addition of HEVC support at the OS level, will allow compatibility for the format without developers having to add the specific codec support to their app. Google is also adding spatial audio with MPEG-H playback support, offering up to 24 channels.
The Settings app search bar and the lock screen and notification media player have been redesigned a few times, but Mishaal Rahman discovered a function flag that adjusts the settings UI “dramatically” to make it easy to use one-handed.
It’s not necessarily meant for day-to-day use on your main handset, considering the early state of the developer preview. And these specifications and prototypes are subject to modification with new updates, as in all betas. Nevertheless, it’s a tantalizing preview into Android’s future and the functionality Google is introducing to an already feature-packed advanced OS.