Android 12 source code released, update for Pixel phones could come later
Google made the source code for Android 12 available today. However, the Android 12 stable update for qualifying Pixel devices is still not available and could arrive at a later date. The new Android 12 update brings better personalization and privacy features to phones, including a new Material You design language.
With the source code for Android 12 now open, various OEMs can now use the Android 12 code to embed their own Android skins. Check out the tweet below.
?? # Android12 is live in open source!
With a new user interface, privacy updates, and more, there’s a lot in store for developers.
Keep an eye out for the arrival of Android 12 on a device near you https://t.co/ZHiHV50HT5
– Android developers (@AndroidDev) October 4, 2021
Android 12 is expected to arrive in various 3, 4, and 5 Pixel series phones at a later date, as well as a number of devices supported by brands such as Xiaomi, Samsung, OnePlus, and others.
Android 12: What’s new?
Android 12’s biggest differentiator is the new Material You design language which completely dresses the phone according to the wallpaper you apply. Colors will also make their way to the notification shade, lock screen widgets, and Google’s proprietary apps. Third-party apps could also support Material You in the future if the developer so chooses. The new interface is also rounder than before.
Android 12 also gets a redesigned top notification tray with more rounded corners as well as larger, more colorful quick settings buttons. There are also a number of new privacy settings in Android 12, including a unified privacy dashboard where users can track all permissions and data accessibility items in one place.
There is also a new lock screen in Android 12 with the date, local weather, alarms and notifications now in the upper left corner. The new interface receives a large centralized clock which now occupies the entire display. Check out our in-depth review of Android 12 here.