Android 12 First Impressions Fresh New and Promising

Compared to iOS 14 or 15, Android 12 is primarily a cosmetic update. The design and user interface looks fresh and fast, but that doesn’t change how we regularly use Android on our smartphones. In short, we still have everything we like and don’t like about Android (like the app drawer and gadgets) so things look different now. There are also some new features that many of us are looking forward to. So let’s take a quick look at what’s new.

I received the update to Android 12 on my Google Pixel 4A, which is (unfortunately) the most recently released Pixel smartphone officially available for purchase in India. Since it’s a Pixel, a software update will be available as soon as the Pixel 6 appears, which is around 1.69GB which isn’t very big for a mid-range smartphone.

After installing the update, I immediately noticed the locked screen. There’s a big fat digital clock in the top left corner and amazing animations even when you press the unlock/power button to wake the device or fall asleep. Notifications now appear in a more compact format, such as a card. This layout, like a card, means less text to read unless you explain the instructions in detail.

Once opened, there is a home screen that has received a lot of it’s UI overhaul. A long press gives you access to the “Background and Styles” menu and the “New Gadgets” menu.

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Android 12 has a new design engine that takes colors from your wallpaper or applies basic preset colors

There’s a wallpapers and styles menu that gives you access to Android 12’s new theme mechanics. You can use a base color or let the system create a color palette and theme based on the color of your background image. There is also a thematic icon switch that changes the appearance of system app icons (phone, contacts, game store, photos, etc.) to match the background image and theme.

Widgets is a menu where you can find all your Android widgets, including new customizable Google services (save, calendar, etc.), new chat widgets that let you track your active or recent calls, and regular widgets for Android -third-party apps. . Chat widgets are a great way to bring calls home from certain apps and update them whenever a new message arrives. I’ve tried this with WhatsApp and Slack and they work really well. Touching the gadget will open the appropriate app and take you into the conversation, but you won’t be able to talk on the widget itself.