Latest Version of Android

Android 12 is the twelfth major release and 19th version of Android, the mobile operating system developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google. The first beta was released on May 18, 2021. Android 12 was released publicly on October 4, 2021, through Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and was released to supported Google Pixel devices on October 19, 2021.

Android 12 is the latest Android version and already the third most popular Android version on smartphones at 11.97%. The first phones to have Android 12 were the Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro.

a) User interface

Android 12 introduces a major refresh to the operating system's Material Design language branded as "Material You", which features larger buttons, an increased amount of animation, and a new style for home screen widgets. A feature, internally codenamed "monet", allows the operating system to automatically generate a color theme for system menus and supported apps using the colors of the user's wallpaper. The smart home and Wallet areas added to the power menu on Android 11 have been relocated to the notification shade, while Google Assistant is now activated by holding the power button.

Android 12 also features native support for taking scrolling screenshots. In addition to the user interface, widgets on Android 12 are also updated with the new Material You design language.