Google’s next Android update, Android 12, is right around the corner, with developer previews expected later this month. Every year, we have to wait until the first developer preview to set expectations on what Google has prepared for Android users. This time around, an early draft of Google’s internal document meant for partners has leaked online, revealing the key design changes and few upcoming features in the operating system.
Early Look at Android 12 Design
As reported by XDA Developers, the first obvious visual change is with the notification panel. Instead of the transparent notification shade, we now have what appears to be an opaque background that respects wallpaper’s accent. In a minor change, Google has swapped the positions of the date and clock in the left corner. More importantly, the number of Quick Settings tiles before expanding seems to be reduced from 6 to 4.
Camera/Mic Indicators on Android 12
If you take a closer look at the image above, you’ll notice a pill-shaped indicator with microphone and camera icons. That is, indeed, the privacy indicator that Google has been working on since Android 10 – even before Apple made it mainstream with iOS 14. From the looks of it, tapping on these status bar icons may show a pop-up. This pop-up contains details of the apps accessing your phone’s camera or microphone.
Speaking of which, it seems that Google may add new privacy features in Android 12. In the new Android version, you may receive a warning in the form of status bar indicators whenever an app is using the camera or microphone. Tapping on these status bar icons may show a pop-up at the top of the screen that tells you exactly which app(s) are using the camera or microphone. Google has been testing these privacy chips for over 2 years now, so it would be nice to see them finally make an appearance in Android 12.
Another visible change is an enchancment to widgets, and it was anticipated as Apple introduced an arguably higher implementation of widgets with iOS 14. The leaked screenshots present a brand new ‘Conversations’ widget. It ought to assist customers rapidly hold observe of current messages, missed calls, and exercise statuses.
According to XDA‘s report, Google will make dialog widgets and cam/mic indicators obligatory in Android 12. XDA mentions that the entire authenticity of the pictures can’t be verified as Android 12’s Compatibility Definition Document isn’t public but. However, it does seem like these photographs are legit.