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April 29, 2021
In April 2021, we’ve continued to tiptoe closer to the first Android 12 beta and Google I/O. This is the quiet before the storm. But with Android 12 Developer Preview 3, we have something to dig our teeth into. Here is what devs need to know!
News and features from Android Authority

Android 12 developer preview for developers — Updated for Preview 3 — This is our guide to Android 12 for developers, now updated to include the changes that Preview 3 has brought. The highlights include new, customizable splash screens for all apps, nicer haptics, and the deprecation of RenderScript APIs.

Android 12 Developer Preview 3 is live, get it on your Pixel now! — Our update aimed at non-developer Android users.

Google I/O 2021: Here’s what to expect — This post breaks down what we can expect to see at Google I/O 2021. We should get news of the first Android 12 beta, maybe a Pixel 5a launch/announcement, and possibly the “project Whitechapel” custom mobile processor that’s expected to power the Pixel 6.

News and features from the Android Developers blog

Android 12 Developer Preview 3 — Google explains the changes in Developer Preview 3.

Android GPU Compute Going Forward — RenderScript was introduced in Android 3.0, but its time has come. With improvements to NDK tooling and APIs for GPU compute using Open GL — plus the addition of Vulkan API in Android 10 — RenderScript is now being deprecated.

Start Your Engines: Launch New Android Auto Apps to Production! — As of 5th April, users can publish Android Auto navigation, parking, and charging apps.

Tools to help developers provide a safer content experience — Google outlines some tools and techniques developers can use to keep their users safe. For example, Perspective API is a free product from Jigsaw that can identify toxic language via machine learning.

Customize the KPIs on your Google Play Console dashboard — Devs can now customize and pin the metrics they find most valuable in a personalized KPI section on the Google Play Console dashboard.

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