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Android 12 is code-named Snow Cone and it will come with new UI, one-hand mode

Google no longer labels Android versions with dessert names for the public but dessert names are still alive.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | February 16, 2021 | Updated 15:10 IST

Highlights

  • Google may have named Android 12 "Snow Cone" internally.
  • A preface in the source code has alluded to Snow Cone in Android 12.
  • Android 12 version is expected to be released later this year.

Every year there is a new Android version. This year is earmarked for Android 12, the first few glimpses of which were revealed in a massive leak sometime back. Google dropped the tradition of naming its Android version after popular desserts with Android 10. However, that is just half-truth. According to new findings, the Android 12 has an internal codename of "Snow Cone", a dessert made of ice and sweeteners. Google's fondness for desserts is still intact and why shouldn't it? After all, old habits die hard.

Folks at XDA Developers tinkered around the source code of Android 12 where they spotted the "sc" identifier prefaced in several development branches. According to the publication, "sc" refers to Snow Cone, which is what Android 12 is called internally. And this is very similar to how Android 11 was known as "Red Velvet Cake" internally, referring to the prefacing of development branches with "rvc". Frankly, Google has not said anything about what the Android 12 version is called internally. And the preface "sc" could very well be "shortcake", another popular dessert.

Google no longer labels Android versions with dessert names for the public. The last version that had such a name was Android 9 that was also known as Android Pie. But when the Android version reached a two-digit number, as in Android 10, Google resorted to keeping it simple by dropping dessert names. And much like Android 10 and Android 11, this year's Android 12 is also not likely to have a dessert name associated with it, at least for the masses.

Another interesting feature that has cropped up, thanks to the digging by XDA Developers, is a one-handed mode. Now, the implementation of one-hand mode on Android phones is not new. Several other OEMs support this but with Android 12, it will be Google making the change to the software. This would allow Pixel devices and the devices that run on Android One programme such as Nokia phones, and some other phones. But since most OEMs have their own one-handed mode, it is unlikely phones from Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, Vivo, and others will allow for Google's version.

The visual interface is also going to change with Android 12. Previously leaked screenshots show Android 12 will become bold and large icons, giving the sense of ease in the interface. The privacy features will be upgraded in line with what iOS has. When an app tries to use the camera and the microphone, there will be indicators on the status bar. The Quick Settings icon in the notification drawer will also undergo a change in Android 12, where an active state will be denoted by an emboldened, circular icon as opposed to square-shaped ones with regular colours.

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