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Android 12 Beta 4 Achieves Platform Stability, App-Facing System Behaviours Finalised

Celebrating a milestone, Android announced that the Android 12 Beta 4 achieved Platform Stability, which means that all the app-facing behaviours and surfaces in Android 12 are final. The SDK (Software Development Kit) and NDK (Network Developer's Kit) API (Application Programming Interface) will no longer change, along with the restrictions on non-SDK that could impact how apps function.

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As of now, the Android 12 is just one phase away from its final release. After Beta 4, the Android 12 team will release the candidate build, where compatibility updates for apps, SDKs and libraries will be rolled out. The build might have new features and APIs, but it won't affect the app-facing system.

Once that stage is over, the Android 12 will be available to the public.

While Android 12 is still in its Beta 4 stage, Android asked app and game developers to begin compatibility testing for their products to ensure that they will run smoothly on the operating system. Programmers must ready their apps or games before the final release.

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Android also told the public to look out for several changes in the Android 12. For one, the operating system will display an indicator in a device’s status bar signalling if an app is using the camera or microphone. Aside from that, users can view a Privacy Dashboard that reveals the data access permissions for all apps and when apps can enable a person’s camera, microphone as well as collect location information.

For the benefit of users’ security, there are toggles in Quick Settings that can immediately deactivate camera and microphone access for all apps.

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You will also receive notifications when an app unexpectedly retrieves clipboard data. There are more UI modifications as Android 12 has new splash screen animations for apps. You can customise apps’ splash screen, controlling its theme attributes and on-screen duration. You may similarly choose to edit the animation shown whenever you dismiss the splash screen.

To try out Android 12 Beta 4, you must own a device that is compatible with the operating system. The following smartphones can test the beta: the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 (including XL and A-series phones), Oppo Find X3 Pro, OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11 and 11 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 11i and 11X Pro, ZTE Axon 30 Ultra - Chinese models, Realme GT and Nokia X20. The beta version can also run on the Vivo iQOO 7 Legend, TCL 20 Pro 5G, Asus Zenfone 8, Sharp AQUOS Sense 5G and Tecno Camon 17.


Written by Sophia Lopez

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