Android 12

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Android 12 (API 31)
Android 12 is the twelfth major version of the Android operating system. It was first announced by Google on February 18, 2021, and the first developer preview was released on the same day.[1][2]
Version Release date Features Image(s)
12 October 4, 2021
  • Easier Wi-Fi sharing.
  • AVIF image support.
  • Material You, an updated design language based on Material Design.
  • Scrolling Screenshot.[3]
  • One Handed Mode.[4]
  • Android Runtime (ART) module added to the updatable core OS components via Google Play, added functionality to existing modules.[5][6]
  • Area Magnification can zoom in any content on device.[7]
  • Extra Dim reduces brightness below minimum level.[8]
  • Bold Text.
  • Greyscale.
  • Mic and Camera indicator and toggle.[citation needed]
  • Option to choose precise or approximate location.[9]
  • Privacy Dashboard.[10]
  • Gestures can work in immersive mode.[11]
  • Performance improvements to system services to improve transitions, power efficiency, and reduce app startup times.[12]
  • Third party app stores now have the ability to update apps without constantly asking the user for permission.[13]
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Android 12 home screen with themed icons and widgets

Android 12L[edit]

Android 12L (API 32)
Android 12L[lower-alpha 1] is an interim release for Android 12 that includes design tweaks for larger displays and minor stability changes to the operating system. It was announced on October 2021 alongside Beta releases with a stable version launching on March 7, 2022.
Version Release date Features Image(s)
12L March 7, 2022

Improvements specific for foldable phones, tablets, desktop-sized screens and Chromebooks, and modifications to the user interface to tailor it to larger screens.[14]

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  14. "12L and new Android APIs and tools for large screens". Android Developers Blog. Retrieved November 15, 2021.


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