Android 12 is here in preliminary version: the AVIF format is proposed as a substitute for JPG and Android TV 12 rears its head
Google has just published the first images that will allow developers (and curious) start testing Android 12, the new version of its mobile platform. As expected, Pixel users will be the ones who will be able to install these images, which will be available for devices from Pixel 3.
It is still too early to know what are the big changes that the new version raises, but some of the news that affect the support of new video and image formats, to news in notifications and to improvements in the privacy section. Another curious fact: there is also a published Android TV Preview 12.
Careful JPG, AVIF arrives
Among the initial changes will be the support of new image and video formats, most notably. Thus, a new transcoding layer will allow HEVC video format is supported in applications that do not support these videos natively.
In Android 12 there is also support for spatial audio, for the MPEG-H codec and for up to 24 audio channels instead of all eight of the current Android versions.
The AV1 image format, also known as AVIF, is another of the fronts on which Google seems to want to work with this version of its mobile platform. This format seems to take on a special role for Google, which proposes with this impulse to convert it into the de facto standard format compared to JPG.
Theoretically, AVIF offers better compression and lower losses and defects in the image after this compression. For now, yes, it will not be the native format when taking photos in the camera application of your Pixels.
There are also better support for so-called “rich content insertion”, which will allow you to cut, paste and drag multiple types of content, from plain or rich text to markup, images, videos or audio files.
Notifications, privacy … and Android TV 12!
Our colleagues from Xataka Android they already gave some clues about the new features and design that are to come in Android 12, and although it is still too early to confirm it, it may be that the leaked images on interface changes effectively point to the existence of a custom theme called “Silky” with an interesting look.
Google already explained that they were working on improving the interface of the notifications to make them “more modern, easy to use and more functional”. The gestures will also be somewhat modified, and for example it is expected that to exit an application that we have in full screen it only takes a scroll gesture of the screen and not two as before.
Among the internal changes are those aimed at improving privacy: the WebView engine used by third-party applications will make use of a new feature called “SameSite” to cookie management that will theoretically alleviate some of the tracking what websites and applications do during those sessions.
In this ad there is also a special section for Android TV 12, the new version of its platform for Smart TVs and devices that offer that platform that will make use of the already known interface of Chromecast with Google TV. At the moment it is not clear what additional changes this platform will bring, but that this preliminary version is already available so soon shows that this is also a key focus of the future of the Google platform.
More information | Android 12 Developer Preview