The operating system goes in three main directions, and Google has come up with plenty of additional plans for the coming years.
Some of the previews have been heard of Android 12 so far, but the first beta version of today’s Google I / O has been launched and it has been officially unveiled what pretty much what users can expect from September. The event itself is a three-day series, primarily for developers and somewhat investors, held annually by the search giant, where, in addition to specific software, the company’s visions and vision are presented.
This time, it wasn’t just Android: Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, who also hosted the event, referred to the importance of search engine results being relevant today, partly in terms of the virus situation and partly in terms of general trends, as they can do most about COVID-19 by providing information, and this will of course be continued, for example, the continuous updating of international vaccine outlets will also be a priority, but distance learning and teleworking will also be increasingly addressed, in all respects. The AI is getting more and more emphasis in more and more places, of course it is no different from the point of view of Google search, the analysis of web pages is more and more important in terms of the ranking of results.
The first part of the presentation was about the services: as Google Meet evolves, a more transparent to-do list becomes available, with segregated projects, identifiable stakeholders, but the filing of Google Classroom, which unites 150 million users, doesn’t stop either. Google Photos is evolving, automatic recognition and marking is becoming more accurate, and Google Lens is solving more and more math problems.
Google Assistant is trying to communicate more and more interactively, in a conversational way – if anyone can consider it – and in conjunction with the Lens system, they can recognize a product or object and ask the assistant if this shoe is suitable for those around us. will respond according to the expected weather.
Let’s move to Android 12: Google says the new system will be their most customizable OS, and improvements will be grouped into three main themes: new interface, security and privacy enhancements, and closer collaboration between devices. The design language is called Material You, which allows you to customize almost anything in the system, and here we’re not just talking about three widgets and some live backgrounds, but we can set very carefully, down to the smallest detail, what we want to see on our display.
There is also an automatic theme selector that can add the color scheme and look of the entire system to any wallpaper, so that the just look good. The notification interface, lock screen, volume control, quick switch tray, and of course widgets will become more colorful, and everything will continue to be animated, regardless of any major optimizations in the background: the CPU is said to be reduced by 22%. and the use of more powerful processor cores is reduced by 15% in the base system.
Quick switches will become more informative, there will be fewer of them, some iOS direction can be discovered in Android, and ecosystem thinking will be strengthened by deeper integration of Google Pay and smart home systems, not to mention Google Assistant, which is already the default. it will be activated by a long press on the power button, even at the base system level.
From a data protection point of view, there will also be a lot of novelties: a new Privacy Dashboard will be added to Android, where we can look back specifically at what applications, when, what data they have access to, and it will be even easier to revoke permissions.
A new indicator appears in the upper right corner of the status bar to indicate when applications are accessing, for example, your microphone or camera. With the GPS signal, the user will be able to set some software to see where we are only in order of magnitude, even at the settlement level, instead of our exact location.
The factory gallery is also evolving, there will also be a secure folder that is not accessible to others to avoid unpleasant situations: of course in the example mentioned, the unpleasant situation was that the lady hid a picture of a pet from her child, which was intended as a later gift. Security is also enhanced by the Android Private Compute Core, a new layer of security in the system that developers are free to use later, and as a result, our audio and other content is processed away from various servers, primarily locally.
A number of other little things are also included as basic, such as a scrolling screenshot, chat widgets with your most frequently used contacts on the main screen, and countless other features that are not listed or have not yet been announced. There is a reason to wait for the next major Android version!