As part of the presentation of Google I / O 2021, the American corporation shared new details about its mobile OS. The biggest changes are in the Android interface.
All UI elements have become much larger, brighter, the edges have become more rounded. A new approach to design has made the OS look more understandable and intuitive. Users can now customize the colors and contrast of the sliders for brightness, volume, various buttons, and menus.
In addition, the theme of the device can adapt to the color scheme of the installed wallpaper. The new fluid animations should, in theory, consume more resources. Still, according to Google, the Android team has optimized the way Android displays the interface so that UI windows use 22 percent less CPU time and the system uses a 15 percent less powerful CPU core.
The new screen unlocks effect is played from a place on display next to the power button. When you connect the power and press some elements, you can see “light waves.” A new button for quick access to the wallet has appeared on the lock screen. The Google Pay and Home controls can now be found in the quick settings curtain. The shade of notifications and settings has been updated in design: instead of a grid of round buttons, there are now large tiles. Added a new way to launch Google Assistant – you can call it by pressing the power button.
There are also new features related to privacy and confidentiality. A new panel has appeared in which you can control the permissions given to applications. You can find privacy indicators in the upper right corner that allow you to see when the application is using the camera or microphone. Added new quick setting toggles to disable camera or microphone access.
Finally, machine learning functions (fast message response or background music detection) can now run in the Private Compute Core software sandbox.
The first public beta version of Android 12 is already available for installation on smartphones Pixel, Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO, Vivo, and other devices.