Previous month (February 2021) Google has rolled out the Android 12 first Developer Preview 1 for Pixel devices and after the first update complete Google has released the second version of the Android 12. Google has released this second developer preview with the name of the “Android 12 Developer Preview 1.1” and it comes with lots of improvements while fixes some bugs.
Moving forward, Google has started rolling out the Android 12 Developer Preview 2 for Pixel devices. The new Android 12 Developer Preview 2 comes with lots of new changes and improvements but the company has gives the main attention to notification security and picture-to-picture enhancement.
Looking at these, we will be going very closer to the next major update for the Android 12 version. Google’s developers have to work on it very positively for providing the next-generation version soon and the developers have reached the beta update of this latest version should be the month of May to Android devices. Below you can check the changes of this latest Android 12 Developer Preview 2.
Android 12 Developer Preview 2 Changes:
Trust and safety:
- Allowing an app to overlay windows on top of other apps poses an obvious security risk. To that end, the new HIDE_OVERLAY_WINDOWS permission introduced in Developer Preview 2 ensures that an app can call Window#setHideOverlayWindows() to indicate that all TYPE_APPLICATION_OVERLAY windows should be hidden when the app’s window is visible.
- Notification visibility controls have been updated in this new preview release. Now you can configure notification actions so that they will always generate an authentication challenge when triggered from the lock screen. For example, a messaging app now requires authentication before deleting a message or marking it as read.
- Android 12 Developer Preview 2 has added support for a simpler, more efficient way to obtain the checksum of an installed app. Developers can choose from several standard digest algorithms such as SHA256, SHA512, Merkle Root, and others. A backward compatible version of this feature is in the works, which should be available in the form of a Jetpack library in the near future.
New Android 12 API Changes:
1. Rounded corners:
- In Android 12 Developer Preview 2, developers can check if the device has a screen with rounded corners and get their details. From the perspective of UI design, one can now utilize the absolute details for each rounded corner as well as the corner details relative to an app’s bounds.
2. Picture in Picture (PIP) improvements:
- Apps can now enable seamless resize to let the system resize the PIP Activity when needed. In addition, enabling auto-PIP now makes the system directly transition the app to PIP mode on an up-to-home gesture, without waiting for the up-to-home animation to complete. Finally, Android now supports stashing the PIP window by dragging it to the left or right edge of the screen.
3. Updates to companion device app API:
- Wearable devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers usually need a dedicated app for managing them. Google wants to make it easier for such apps to be running and connected whenever an associated companion device is nearby. To do that, Android 12 Developer Preview 2 has introduced a new CompanionDeviceService API. Moreover, the new companion device profile greatly simplifies the companion device enrollment process.
4. Bandwidth estimation improvements:
- Google has greatly enhanced the existing bandwidth estimation APIs. Developers can now get an estimate of aggregate throughput per carrier or Wi-Fi SSID, network type, and signal level, for all users on the device.
5. Visual effects:
- Applying common graphics effects is now easier than ever in Android 12 with the RenderEffect class. You can now separately apply blurs and color filters, or combine these effects as chain effects as a whole.
Download the Android 12 Developer Preview 2 for Pixel devices:
- Pixel 5: Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a (5G): Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a: Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4 XL: Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4: Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 3a XL: Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 3a: Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 3 XL: Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 3: Factory Image — OTA
Check how to install this latest Developer Preview 2 on your Pixel Device:
1. Download Android 12
To get started, you’ll first need to download the files needed to actually put Android 12 on your Pixel. There are two ways to do so. First, you can install a Factory Image, which wipes your phone and starts everything from scratch. Alternatively, and the way we’ll detail here, there’s an OTA file, which installs over your current version of Android without wiping your phone.
You can download the beta OTA file from Google’s Full OTA Image hosting site. That site contains OTA downloads for sideloading different updates, including Android 12, on every Pixel and Nexus device, so you’ll need to scroll down to ensure you are downloading the file that associates with your device. OTA downloads are available here.
For the Android 12 Developer Preview, only Google Pixel 3/XL, Pixel 3a/XL, Pixel 4/XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 are available. You won’t be able to install it on the original Pixel/XL or Pixel 2/XL.
2. Boot into Recovery mode
Next, you’ll boot your Pixel into Recovery mode. To do this, fully power down your handset. Then, hold down on the Power button and the Volume down button at the exact same time until you get to the Bootloader page. You will know you’re in the right place when you see an Android figure lying down on the screen.
Using your volume buttons, scroll down to Recovery mode. Select this by clicking the power button. Alternatively, if you’re already connected to a computer with ADB, you can use the reboot recovery command.
Now you should see a smaller Android lying down with an exclamation mark over it. From here, press the Power button and the Volume up button for about a second to fully enter Recovery mode. Releasing the Volume up button will send you into Recovery.
3. Navigate to ADB sideload
Using the volume buttons, scroll down to Apply update from ADB and select it with the power button. This will launch a mostly blank screen with text near the bottom directing you on how to sideload an OTA, such as this one for the Android 12 Developer Preview.
4. Connect the handset to a computer with ADB tools installed
This step is important as it’s the only way to transfer the downloaded OTA file to your handset. You’ll need to have ADB and Fastboot tools in a handy place. You can download ADB tools from the Android Developers website. You can also use the Universal ADB Drivers from ClockWorkMod which can make the process a bit easier on Windows devices.
5. Enter the sideload command
As long as everything is in place, you can now sideload the OTA file. On Windows, ensure your Command Prompt is directed to the ADB tools folder and type in ADB sideload. If you’re on macOS or Linux, do the same thing in Terminal (use “cd” and “ls” commands to make sure your Terminal is pointed at the right folder, Google it if you need help) but type in ./adb sideload. You’ll then need to insert the file name of the .zip folder you downloaded from Google and hit enter to start the process.
If everything is working properly, you should see some dialog on your computer and handset that shows the process of the sideload and installation process.
6. Reboot your phone
Once the OTA is done installing, you will be taken back to Recovery Mode. The last step to jump into the new update is to select the Reboot Now option with your power button.
Note: This process won’t wipe your device, but it’s good practice to backup any irreplaceable data in case something goes wrong.
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Galaxy A11 smartphone getting last Android 12/One UI 4.1 major update
Samsung has begun to distribute the Android 12 major update to Galaxy A11 smartphone users. This is the final major update for Samsung’s Galaxy A11 smartphone, which is a lower-end device that debuted with the Android 10 operating system.
With firmware version A115FXXU3CVI3, the Galaxy A11 receives the Android 12-based One UI 4.1 update. It also includes the August 2022 security patch, which addresses a number of privacy and security flaws. The new software update is currently being rolled out in Sri Lanka, with other countries expected to follow suit in the coming days.
Galaxy A11 key features:
The Samsung Galaxy A11 has a 6.4-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1560 720, weighs 177 grams, supports dual SIM card functions, and has a fingerprint sensor on the back. In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy A11 has an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, a built-in 4000mAh battery, supports 15W fast charging, 3GB of memory and 32GB of body storage, a USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth 4.2 support. The Samsung Galaxy A11 has an 8MP front camera and a 13MP (f / 1.8) + 5MP (f / 2.4) + 2MP (f / 2.2) triple camera on the back.
Galaxy A11 gets more features with the Android 12/One UI 4.1:
The Android 12 update brings color palettes to the Galaxy A11. It can extract primary colors from phone wallpapers and apply them to various UI elements. Samsung has also improved widget styling and the UI design of the widget picker. Users can directly select the audio output when the screen is locked and add more widgets there. Dark Mode has been improved, and there are new charging animations. Brightness and volume sliders are now larger and easier to use.
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Samsung has improved all built-in apps on the Galaxy A11 with the Android 12 update. The camera app is now purer and gets a portrait mode for pets. Video recording starts as soon as the user touches the shutter button.
The Albums app now includes improved Stories, improved album categorization and arrangement, and the ability to edit or delete personal information (date, location, and time) from images. The Gallery app can even recreate old or blurry photos. The Album Photo Editor feature now saves edit history, allowing edits to be undone or redone without erasing the original file.
The Samsung keyboard now features Grammarly-supported language suggestions, quick access to emojis and GIFs, and clipboard protection. One UI Core 4.1 brings improvements to the share menu. You can now prioritize what you want to see in the share menu, navigate easily, and get tips to edit images before sharing.
The Calendar app has new widgets, the ability to quickly add events, and better search options. It’s also easier to share your calendar with others. Date and time selection is now easier and even deleted events can be recovered. The updated Samsung Internet web browser brings faster search suggestions, new home screen components, and the ability to launch in private mode.
The Device Maintenance section now displays more information at a glance. Include the overall status of the phone and diagnose problems with the phone. Samsung has also added more accessibility features, including customizable flash notifications, the ability to edit blur/transparency effects, and always-available floating buttons.
Other new features include resizable picture-in-picture mode, quick-access popup options, an enhanced Edge panel, and the ability to skip an alert once. Search has also been improved in the Messages, My Files, and Settings apps.
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What’s new in Galaxy Z Fold 3 Android 12L (One UI 4.1.1) update? Let’s go!
The update has been rolled out for the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The new update is the Android 12L-based One UI 4.1.1 update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 that comes with firmware version F926NKSU1DVH9. The new update has just been released in South Korea. And it will soon roll out in different countries. However, the new update does not include a security patch update, which we may get to see separately within 1-2 weeks.
What’s new in Galaxy Z Fold 3 Android 12L (One UI 4.1.1) update
The latest Android 12L update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 brings the taskbar to the bottom of the screen, so you can switch between apps more easily. You can move apps to the taskbar or open apps in a floating window for easier multitasking. You can add an app by tapping on it, or you can pin it to the toolbar for easy access.
There are new ways to open apps in split-screen multitasking mode. Samsung added window handles to allow split-screen, full-screen, or full-screen modes. Makes it easy to open the app with a voting window. Samsung also added the ability to show app names in the Edge panel. With Flex Mode enabled, you can use half of the screen as a touchpad to control apps. It’s similar to how you use the touchpad on a laptop. The updated software lets you set a different call background for each contact.
The company has made it easy to take selfies with the rear camera. You can preview the camera’s viewfinder cover and the internal display simultaneously. You can use one half of the screen as a viewfinder and view captured images on the other half of the foldable screen.
Samsung Keyboard now offers emoji pairs and more emoji including kaomoji. You can choose which keys you want to see in the spacebar row. You can edit the wallpaper collection and experience smooth animations and transitions throughout the UI.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 has started receiving One UI 4.1.1 update based on Android 12
As we reported yesterday, for which devices Samsung is going to release One UI 4.1.1 update based on Android 12 today Samsung broke this news and revealed that Samsung has released Android 12L for its eligible foldable phones and tablets. The update has started rolling out.
The update has been rolled out for the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S8 in the past week. Now, the update has been rolled out for the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Although it is not based on Android 12 but on Android 12L.
The new update is the Android 12L-based One UI 4.1.1 update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 that comes with firmware version F926NKSU1DVH9. The new update has just been released in South Korea. And it will soon roll out in different countries. However, the new update does not include a security patch update, which we may get to see separately within 1-2 weeks.
If you’re a Galaxy Z Fold 3 user in South Korea, you can download and install the new update easily by navigating to Settings » Software update on your device and tapping Download and install.
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