The first Developer Preview of Android 12 has just been released.
The next version of Android has arrived earlier than expected. Originally thought to be launched this March, the first Developer Preview of Android 12 has made its way to supported devices and gives us a peek at what to expect on the next flavor of Google’s mobile operating system.
Designed for developers who want to prepare their apps for the new update, Android 12 brings in some much-awaited changes and feature requests that were omitted from Android 11. Some of these include new media player UI enhancements as well as sharing Wi-Fi passwords using Nearby Share.
An enhanced screenshot markup tool is also included, with the ability to natively support scrolling screenshots – though the feature is still disabled on this built. There’s a redesigned notification shade plus a new grid layout option for the Pixel Launcher.
Android 12 is supported on the Pixel 3 and up, officially killing support for the Pixel 2. Since this is a Developer Preview, we suggest that you do not install this version on your daily driver. A Developer Preview will have more bugs and incompatibilities than beta software so don’t expect the experience to be fluid.
Public betas will soon be available with an official launch for the Pixel devices later this year.