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Google launches Android 12 beta 4, hitting the platform stability milestone – TechCrunch

Google has now taken another step toward the public release of the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 12. The company released the fourth beta of Android 12, whose most notable new feature is that it has achieved the Platform Stability milestone — meaning the changes impacting Android app developers are now finalized, allowing them to test their apps without worrying about breaking changes in subsequent releases. While the updated version of Android brings several new capabilities for developers to tap into, Google urges its developers to first focus on releasing an Android-12-compatible update. If users find their app doesn’t work correctly when they upgrade to the new version of Android, they may stop using it entirely or even uninstall it, the company warns.

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Among the flagship consumer-facing features in Android 12 is the new and more adaptive design system called “Material You,” which lets users apply themes across the OS to personalize their Android experience. It also brings new privacy tools, like microphone and camera indicators, showing whether an app uses those features. Similar to iOS, a clipboard-read notification alerts apps that read the user’s clipboard history. In addition, Android 12 lets users play games as soon as they download them through a Google Play Instant feature. Other critical Android features and tools, like Quick Settings, Google Pay, Home Controls, and Android widgets, have been improved, too.

Google has continued to roll out more minor consumer-facing updates in previous Android 12 beta releases. Still, beta four is focused on developers getting their apps ready for the public release of Android, which is expected in the fall. The company suggested developers lookout for changes that include the new Privacy Dashboard in Settings, which lets users see which apps are accessing what type of data and when, and other privacy features like the indicator lights for the mic and camera, clipboard read tools and new toggles that let users turn off the mic and camera access across all apps.

There’s also a new “stretch” overscroll effect that replaces the older “glow” overscroll effect systemwide, new splash screen animations for apps, and keygen changes to be aware of. ADevelopersuse several SDKs and libraries that wmustbe tested for compatibility, including those from Google and third parties. The new Android 12 beta four release is available on supported Pixel devices and devices from select partners, including ASUS, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, and ZTE. Android TV developers can aalso access beta fourvia the ADT-3 developer kit.


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