New features have come up for mobile smartphones with the latest mobile operating system Android 12. In total as of now, five new prominent features have been announced by Google which is coming to all Android smartphones. The new features, according to a Google Blog post, focus on users’ safety, “so that they are protected at every turn.” Another feature includes an earthquake alert, the ability to star messages on Google’s Messages app, then there are improvements to voice control, improved password input, and more customization and new app experiences on Android Auto.
What Are The New Features In Mobile Smartphones With Android 12 OS?
1. Earthquake Warnings
Google wants people to stay safe an d protected and last year Google launched what the company calls the world’s largest earthquake detection network, based on the tech built into Android devices. Google’s system alerts people in affected areas seconds before an earthquake hits, giving them advance notice in case they need to seek safety.
The Earthquake alerts system utilises the sensors on the user’s smartphone to detect any earthquakes. People in the affected areas can get warnings before an earthquake hits. This feature has been available in New Zealand and Greece, Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Google says that it is prioritising the earthquake alert system feature in countries that are prone to higher earthquake risks and launch in more countries over the coming years.
The Android Earthquake Alerts System can deliver alerts to your phone seconds before an earthquake hits, so you have more time to prepare. Starting today, we’re working to roll the system out to countries with higher earthquake risks. https://t.co/lTYISVm6GJ— Google (@Google) June 17, 2021
2. Star Messages
The second awesome new feature to be found in latest Android OS is star messages on the Messages app. Here users to keep a track of what’s important, and easily find it later without scrolling through all of their messages. Users can tap and hold a message, then star it.
3. Kitchen Emoji Stickers
This is another colourful feature launched by Google. With Kitchen Emoji stickers users can quickly get back to the ones they use most frequently. Now you will start seeing contextual suggestions in Emoji Kitchen once they have typed a message. These will help users discover the perfect emoji combination at the exact moment they need it.
This new feature on Android will be compatible with English, Spanish and Portuguese languages and run on devices with Android 6 or above.
4. Voice Access
Among the new features on Android Voice control on Android smartphones are also getting improvements. Users can now jump into their favourite apps with just their voice. Further, Google is bringing a feature for people with motor disabilities, where Voice Access gives them a quick and efficient phone and app navigation with just their voice. Google is also bringing gaze detection, where users can ask Voice Access to work only when they are looking at the screen — so that users can naturally move between talking to friends and using their phone. Voice access also has enhanced password input. When it recognizes a password field, it will let users input letters, numbers, and symbols. For example, you can say “capital P, a, s, s, w, o, r, d” or names of symbols (like “dollar sign” to input a $), so it’s faster to safely enter passwords.
5. Android Auto
The last new feature to mention for Android phones is the, Android Auto. Android Auto is also getting new customisations that will make life easier for users. Users can personalise their launch screen directly from their smartphones and manually set dark mode. Google is also making it easier to browser content with new tabs in media apps, a “back to top” option, and an A to Z button in the scroll bar. Google has also added new app experiences to help enhance users’ drive. EV charging, parking and navigation apps are now available to use in Android Auto.
The messaging experience has also been improved, so users can access their favorite messaging apps from the launcher screen. Users can easily read and send new messages directly from apps like WhatsApp or Messages that is now available globally.
The latest Android Auto features are compatible with phones running on Android 6 or above with a compatible car.
🚘 An Android Auto app for whatever you need— Android Developers (@AndroidDev) August 11, 2020
Android Auto is expanding to support new app categories like navigation, parking, and electric vehicle charging.
Learn more → https://t.co/5Uqb1EdoiT #11WeeksOfAndroid pic.twitter.com/zxMvP9w4B4
Which Mobile Smartphones Are Compatible With This New Feature?
At Google IO 2021 the tech giant announced Android 12, and you won’t be able to actually download the finished Android 12 update straight away, though, as the final release will most likely arrive towards the end of the year.
The Google Pixel 6 will be the first smartphone to come with Android 12.
The following mobile smartphones will be compatible with Android 12 new features:
- Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 (including XL and A-series phones)
- Oppo Find X3 Pro
- Nokia X20
- OnePlus 9 / 9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 / 11 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 11i / 11X Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra (only Chinese models)
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- Asus Zenfone 8
- Realme GT
- Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
- Sharp Aquos Sense 5G
- Tecno Camon 17
Major recent handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S21 range are sure to as well though, and even most lower end and less popular phones probably will, if they’re recent.
According to the news sources Google have made it a point this year of making sure that privacy is at the center of Android 12. The company repeated the point of privacy being at the forefront this year, and that includes Android 12.
The Android Private Compute Core is the engine behind Android 12’s privacy features, making sure that the apps and the phone are following the privacy settings enabled by you.
To start with, the new privacy dashboard gives you an overall view of apps using the phone’s location, camera, contacts, and much more. The notification center also has a quick access to disable any features of the phone that an app is using. For example, if Facebook is using the microphone while you’re using another app, this part of notification center will show you explicitly that Facebook is using the microphone. Pressing this will disable the use of it to Facebook, and other apps if you wish.
- Android 12 will also ask you for permission from an app to use a feature of the phone. You can select to allow it while running the app, only once, or not at all.
- You can also opt to only provide an approximate location to some apps, such as weather apps which don’t need to know exactly where you are.
- Also features like Live Caption, Now Playing and Smart Reply, all of the audio and language processing happens on your device, so the data isn’t sent elsewhere.
- There are also locked folders, available across apps, which allow you to lock a specific folder with a fingerprint.
- You have the ability to unlock a Chromebook using your phone. Similar to the Apple Watch unlock feature for an Apple Mac, it will be a matter of having your Android 12 smartphone near to a Chromebook, and it will bring you to the home screen.
- When held down, the power button will now bring up Google Assistant, a much easier method of summoning the service for a query when needed.
- A new built-in remote is also now standard in Android 12, so if you have a TV that runs on Android, or just a Chromecast, you can use your phone to browse through your favorite shows.
- Alongside this, a new feature called Car Key enables you to unlock your compatible smart car with your phone. This will allow you to unlock, lock and even start the engine from your smartphone.
- It uses UWB (ultra-wideband) technology, meaning that you can walk up to your car and it’ll unlock, without you even having to take your phone out.
- You’ll also be able to share digital access to your vehicle with others – allowing you to lend your car to a friend without giving them a physical key and allowing them access for a period of time.
- In a slight nod to its competitor, Google is also touting better support for third-party app stores.
- Google’s password manager is also being redeveloped, with a cross-platform integration across your Google apps and devices.
- When using an app such as the camera, there will be a subtle UI hint that certain features of the camera are being used, similar to how it shows in Apple’s iOS 14.
Finally, Google has also confirmed that it will be preparing Android 12 to be more accommodating towards third party app stores and installers like the Amazon App Store, APKUpdater and Samsung Galaxy Apps, to name a few. Currently, third party app stores require direct user permissions to manage and update apps on their platform, but it looks like this change will allow third party stores to directly manage and update apps.