23 February 2021
We got our first taste of Android 12 leaks last week and as we expected, it was only the beginning as more information has started to surface. The latest leak reveals the possible Android 12 internal codename as well as a bunch of new features that will be making their way to the first developer beta.
Starting with the codename, Android 12 is reportedly called Snow Cone (Android S) internally. It is true that Google has ditched dessert names for new Android versions but that was done only for the commercial naming scheme. The developer team continues to use sweet names while referring to Android versions for internal purposes. The currently available Android 11 has an internal name Red Velvet aka Android R.
Google is said to be bringing improvements to the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode in Android 12. The new version will make it easier and convenient to resize the PiP window. The users will be able to adjust the size by pinching the window and double-tap on it to go back to the full size. The double-tap gesture will also work for returning to the last resized window.
Android 12 further has new animations for chat bubbles. These animations will be visible while opening and closing chat bubbles as well as while dragging them around the screen. It will result in an immersive experience for users as they will move from one bubble to another. The team is working on adding App Pairs to the split-screen method which will result in two apps getting launched in the mode with just one tap. The users will be able to create pairs as per their preferences and needs.
One particular new feature that will surely be appreciated by many is called Smart Auto-rotate. The exact nature and behind the scene working of this feature is unknown but speculations suggest that it will use the phone's front camera to automatically rotate the phone's orientation. It will do so to ensure that no matter in what position you are using the phone, you have the best possible orientation.