Today, Google announced Android 12, the next version of the mobile operating system to be released this fall.
As usual, it is an important update and the first developer preview is already available for testing.
There are many changes to the UX in general. As it leaked, the alerts are being redesigned and will be faster, easier to use, more functional and more modern.
Navigation changes a bit, or at least in exciting modes. When you watch a video or do something else that requires a full screen experience, Google says it will still protect you from accidental gestures. But now you will not have to scan many times to return to the home screen, or for each navigation on your device.
There are also many improvements in the media. Google provides support for the AV1 (AVIF) platform, which is of a higher quality than JPEG, with no larger file sizes.
Android 12 also brings multi-channel audio enhancements, with support for MPEG-H with mixers, reformers and effects optimized for up to 24 channels.
There is a new rich content import API designed to make it easy to move images, videos and similar files. It is a unified API that allows applications to download, copy and paste files from the clipboard.
Google said it is working to update more features of Android through the Play Store. With Android 12, the Android Runtime module can be updated via the Play Store, which can really improve performance without requiring an entire system update.