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This could be our first look at Android 12's new UI and privacy features

Leaked screenshots may have given us our first real look at Android 12.

Published onFebruary 8, 2021

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  • An alleged early draft summarizing new UI and privacy features on Android 12 has leaked.
  • It’s accompanied by some unverified screenshots that show the new features in action.

Android 12’s birth is right around the corner, with the first developer beta expected to hit anytime this month. Google hasn’t announced any dates officially but it seems an early draft summarizing the changes in Android 12 has leaked.

The document contains details and screenshots showing new UI and privacy features. Folks over at XDA Developers claim that they’ve seen evidence to suggest that the document is real even though they don’t fully commit to the authenticity of the screenshots.

Nevertheless, one of the screenshots of Android 12’s alleged UI shows tweaks in the notifications panel. It’s no longer transparent but has a light beige backdrop. The color could depend on the current theme of the phone or the dark/light modes. It’s believed that Android 12 will bring a whole new theming system on board that’ll not only color the UI but also apps on your Android devices.

Besides the background change, notifications in the panel now have more rounded corners. The number of Quick Settings displayed in the menu seem to have reduced from eight to six, bearing larger icons. The clock and date have also swapped positions.

You may have noticed the new camera and microphone indicators on the top right corner. These, according to XDA, may be mandatory status bar privacy icons introduced with Android 12 to warn users if an app is using their camera or mic. Tapping on them might tell you exactly which apps are using the functions.

Google could also be adding new privacy settings to Android 12 that allow you to switch off the camera, microphone, and location access entirely with toggles.

Lastly, Google is expected to make some changes to widgets on Android 12. The leaked screenshots show a new “Conversations” widget that could display recent messages, missed calls, or activity statuses. A document viewed by XDA suggests that this widget might also be a compulsory Android 12 feature for all devices.

That’s about all that the new documents reveal about Google’s upcoming software Tap on the link ahead to know more about possible Android 12 features.

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