Mar 3rd, 2021

About two weeks ago, Google released the first Android 12 Developer Preview, giving Pixel owners and developers a glimpse of what’s to come. At first glance, there really aren’t too many changes, but once you start diving a bit deeper, the changes become more apparent.

When Android 12 is coming to your phone

In fact, it seems there are quite a few features that Google isn’t ready to put in the hands of developers, including the new “Silky Home UI” found within the Settings app. Instead, you’ll have to mess around with ADB and the Command Line if you want to even activate the new interface designed to offer improved one-hand usability.

What’s new in Android 12?

Today, Google has released the first update for the Android 12 Developer Preview, aptly dubbed version 1.1. So far, it seems that this update is nothing more than an opportunity to provide some bug fixes for developers and those who have already installed the Preview.

Full Android 12 Developer Preview 1.1 Changelog:

  • Fixed an issue where on some devices, the device intermittently disconnected from Wi-Fi even when the Wi-Fi signal was strong.
  • Fixed an issue where on some devices, the device displayed a “System UI keeps stopping” message if the user tried to take a screenshot by pressing Power + Volume Down from the Lock screen.
  • Fixed an issue with partial wake locks that could cause excessive battery drain.
  • Fixed an issue where a device’s fingerprint reader could become unresponsive when the device was suspended, requiring the user to unlock their device using another method.
  • Fixed an issue where the Settings app could crash if the user tried to access app notification settings.
  • Fixed an issue where the system UI could freeze after the user updated the device.
  • Fixed an issue where the CellBroadcastReceiver app could not obtain the android.permission.BROADCAST_CLOSE_SYSTEM_DIALOGS permission, causing emergency alerts to crash.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause some devices to reboot intermittently.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause some devices to reboot after the user unlocked the device using their PIN.

We have the Developer Preview installed on our Pixel 5, and it has been running surprisingly well. Stay tuned for more on that. But even though this could be one of the most stable developer updates, we still don’t recommend installing it on a primary device. It could very well end up leading to lost data, app incompatibility issues, and more.

Source: Android Developers

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