ANDROID 11 & 12 FEATURES
ANDROID 11 :
❖ A more useful power button menu :
Hold down your phone's power button to see a new expanded page of commands. Now you can dial 911, shut down or restart your phone, along with access to Google Wallet and your smart home devices. You can customize the devices that appear on this page as well. Google doesn't require all phone makers to implement this page, though, so you will only see it on certain handsets (like Google Pixel phones).
❖ Dynamic Media Controls :
The media player has been moved slightly to the bottom of the Quick Settings pane. Swipe down from the top of the screen to see a mini player; swipe again to see the full-size player. In addition, if you have more than one media app running, you can swipe side to side to see the controls for each one.
❖ A built-in screen recorder :
Finally, Google has implemented a standard screen recorder in Android. You can now open the screen recorder from the notification panel and screen record on an Android without using a third-party app
❖ Greater control over conversation notifications :
Android 11 has "promoted" conversations. Now all conversations from text messages and other chat apps appear in their own section, separate from other notifications. Moreover, you have control over the priority of these conversations - you can allow them to appear normally, set certain ones to always appear at the top of the list, or make them "silent," which turns off notification sounds and makes them appear at the bottom of the list.
❖ Recall cleared notification with notification history :
If you clear a notification and instantly regret it because you don't recall what it said, you'll appreciate the new notification history in Android 11. Found in Settings, it lets you see all notifications you cleared in the last 24 hours.
❖ Pin your favorite apps in the share page :
The Share page is a little cleaner and easier to use now, with the ability to pin your favorite apps to the top of the list, just below your share contacts. Just tap and hold an app to see the option to pin it. Keep in mind that many apps still use their own custom share menu, so this might only be of limited use, at least for now.
❖ Schedule dark theme :
Thanks to Android 10, you have been able to enable the popular dark theme to save battery life and reduce stress on your eyes in the evening and morning hours for some time. But rather than needing to turn it on and off manually, Android 11 now has a scheduler - you can use Settings to turn it on and off at sunrise/sunset or schedule it for a specific time of day.
❖ Grant temporary permission to apps :
App permissions have gotten more granular in Android 11. Now it's possible to grant temporary permission for the current session only. Once the app closes, that permission is revoked. Of course, it's still possible to grant permanent permission for the app if you prefer.
❖ Voice access gets smarter :
Android's Accessibility features include Voice Access, a feature that lets you control the phone's interface via voice command. In the past, there were many situations in which you had to pick options off the screen using numbers, but in Android 11, the OS has a better understanding of the context of your commands. As a result, most of the need of choosing options via numbers is gone.
❖ App suggestions (Pixel phones only) :
An enhancement for Pixel phones only at this time, Android 11 fills unused slots in the bottom row of the home screen with suggested apps which the OS thinks you might want to use. If you want to turn this feature off so random apps don't appear on the home screen, tap and hold an empty spot on the home screen and choose "Home settings," then tap "Suggestions" and change the options.
❖ Enterprise privacy improvements :
If you have a phone that's issued to you by your employer, it's likely managed by Google's Android Enterprise software, which has control of the phone's apps, permissions, and data. Starting with Android 11, there's now the option for a separate personal profile which is managed independently from the enterprise profile. This gives users additional privacy along with features like separate tabs for work and personal use when they share files. There's also the option of pausing the work profile so employees can "disconnect" from work at the end of the day and use the phone entirely as a personal device.
ANDROID 12 :
❖ Our most personal OS yet :
Android 12 is our most personal OS ever, featuring dynamic color capabilities that can transform your experience based on your wallpaper and responsive motion that responds to your touch. Even the widgets have been given a facelift, with your favorite people always available right there on your home screen. And with a more spacious redesign, color contrast optimisations and new features to help those with low vision, Android 12 is designed to be accessible for even more users.
❖ A boundary-pushing redesign :
Android 12 rethinks the entire user interface, from shapes, light and motion, to customisable system colors that can be adapted to match you. Redesigned to be more spacious and comfortable, it’s our most expressive, dynamic and personal OS ever.
❖ Color reimagined :
Change your wallpaper on your Pixel and your entire Android 12 experience changes to match. Using advanced color extraction algorithms you can easily personalize the look and feel of your entire phone, including notifications, settings, widgets and even select apps.
❖ Your favorite people have a new home :
An all-new conversation widget puts the conversations with the people that you care about front and center on your home screen so that you never miss a chat from your loved ones. You can even see missed calls, birthdays and more at a glance.
❖ Built for accessibility :
Android 12 is designed to be even more accessible with new visibility features, including:
➔ Area magnification :
➔ A new window magnifier lets you zoom in on a part of your screen without having to lose context on the rest of the screen content
➔ Extra dim :
➔ Make your display extra dim for night-time scrolling or situations when even the lowest brightness setting is too bright .
➔ Bold text :
➔ See text more clearly with the ability to switch the font to bold across the whole phone.
➔ Greyscale :
➔ Adjust how colors display on your device to greyscale
❖ Private by design so that you’re in control :
Android 12 is designed for your safety. With new easy-to-use, powerful privacy features, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have control over who can see your data and when.
❖ Stronger mic and camera access controls :
With Android 12, you can see when an app is using your microphone or camera thanks to a new indicator in your phone’s status bar. And if you don’t want any apps to access your microphone or camera, you can completely disable those sensors using two new toggles in quick settings. Simply flip the switch
❖ Keep your precise location private:
While some apps need precise location information for tasks like turn-by-turn navigation, many other apps only need your approximate location to be helpful. With Android 12, you can choose between giving apps access to your precise location or an approximate location instead.
❖ Your privacy permissions at a glance :
Privacy dashboard gives you a clear and comprehensive view of when apps access your location, camera or mic over the past 24 hours. If you see anything that you’re not comfortable with, you can manage permissions directly from the dashboard.
❖ Protect sensitive data in the private Compute Core :
Powerful Android features like Live Caption and Now Playing are enabled by continuous streams of data like audio from your apps, sounds nearby or the content on your screen. But this data can be highly sensitive and you might not want it to leave your phone.
It's essential that we build these features in a privacy-preserving way, so we built Private Compute Core. It's a first-of-its-kind secure mobile environment that is isolated from the rest of the operating system and your apps. Any information processed in Private Compute Core requires explicit user action before it can be shared with Google or any app or service. And like the rest of Android, the protections in Private Compute Core are open source, and fully inspectable and verifiable by the security community.
❖ Everything on your phone just got easier :
Android 12 makes everything on your phone effortless and easy. You can get into gameplay without having to wait for a full download, and even transfer your data onto a new Android phone without any hassle.
❖ Kick-start your gameplay :
Spend less time waiting and more time playing. Android 12 lets you play as you download, so you can jump straight into gameplay without needing to wait for the full download to finish.1
You can also select your game mode for performance or battery life, whether you want a richer gaming experience or longer play session.
❖ Extend screenshots beyond your screen :
Just because you reach the end of your screen doesn’t mean that you need to reach the end of your screenshot. Scrolling screenshots allow you to capture all the content on the page in one image.
❖ Switching made easy :
It’s never been easier to switch to Android and try out the best device for you. Starting on Android 12, you can transfer all your essentials by connecting your old phone to your new Android with a cable or shared Wi-Fi connection. Your memories and data will transfer, stress-free – even from iPhone® (welcome!).
❖ A smoother, more responsive UI :
The UI feels alive with every tap, swipe and scroll – responding quickly and expressively with smooth motion and animations. Android 12 delivers improved system performance so that your device can work in perfect harmony with you