Google today sent out Android 12 to AOSP, but not to any devices, including Pixel phones, in a notable change from past years.
Today we’re pushing the source to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and officially releasing the latest version of Android. Keep an eye out for Android 12 coming to a device near you starting with Pixel in the next few weeks and Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi devices later this year.
The release of Android 12 has traditionally coincided with the availability of Google phones on day one. This year, though, Google has merely stated that Pixel phones would receive an upgrade in the “coming few weeks.”
This comes after the final glimpse of Android 12 Beta 5 release candidate (RC) was released on September 8.
Over 225,000 individuals tried Android 12 during the developer previews and betas, according to Google.
More than 225,000 of you tested our early releases on Pixel and devices from our partners, and you sent us nearly 50,000 issue reports to help improve the quality of the release. We also appreciate the many articles, discussions, surveys, and in-person meetings where you voiced your thoughts, as well as the work you’ve done to make your apps compatible in time for today’s release. Your support and contributions are what make Android such a great platform for everyone.
For developers, Google has publicly highlighted four Android 12 tentpoles. This begins with “a new UI for Android,” which includes Material You (formerly called “Material Design 3”), revamped widgets, Notification UI changes, and App launch splash displays.
Google claims to have “reduced the CPU time needed by core system services by 22% and the utilization of large cores by 15%” in terms of “Performance.”
We’ve also improved app startup times and optimized I/O for faster app loading, and for database queries we’ve improved CursorWindow by as much as 49x for large windows.