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Android 12 is coming soon, hints appear in early code

Google has not officially revealed anything about the Android 12 but a play store update to the Android Beta Feedback app has been spotted.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | February 6, 2021 | Updated 17:39 IST

Highlights

  • Google is gearing up to launch the Android 12 developer preview.
  • A play store update to the Android Beta Feedback app has been spotted.
  • Android 12 could be rolled out by the end of this year.

Shortly after rolling out the Android 11 for selected users, Google is gearing up to launch the Android 12 developer preview. As per a report by 9to5, a play store update to the Android Beta Feedback app has been spotted. Google has not officially revealed anything about the Android 12 but such as apps are usually used to deliver feedbacks on Android beta builds.

Reports have stated that although Google has not specifically asked beta testers to give feedback about the Android 12, the existence of the Android Beta Feedback app hint at the launch. The 9to 5 report states that the app is unusable and does not reveal or hint at the Android 12 Developer Preview/Beta. However, it is an indication that the Android 12 Developer Preview will be launched soon. If we go back in time, the Android 11's Developer Preview was rolled out in February instead of March.

Now, if you try to update the Android Beta Feedback app, you will be greeted with a message that says, "Thank you for participating in the Android Beta Program. The program has concluded and at this time we are no longer accepting feedback via the app."

Another report by Android Central stated that the Android 12 could be rolled out by the end of this year. Google Pixels phones will be the first phones to get the new Android update before any other smartphone. With the new Android update, the Google Pixels phone are also likely to get double-tap gestures on the rear of phones for selected actions. This could be similar to the back tap feature on the iPhones that have rolled out with the iOS 14. The feature lets users tap at the back of the phone to perform certain actions. Users can customize the actions and the number of taps.

The report also states that Google could also tweak the notifications interface and add new themes. With Android 11, Google had rolled out some of the interesting features including Chat Bubbles, New conversations, Dark Mode scheduling, Privacy and Permissions, Airplane Mode without Bluetooth, Support for 5G, and foldable phones. The Android 11 is now available on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. It has also been rolled out to LG velvet and some of the Motorola devices.

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