Second developer preview ofIs live, giving developers and adventurous beginner-adopters a chance to test the latest version of the software. Not for everyone and it is by design. The beta update is full of bugs and issues – but we installed it on a test tool to look for notable changes.
The first two previews don’t have a lot of user-facing features – it’s mainly an under-hood improvement – but they don’t bring some notable items worth pointing out. For example, there is a new double-tap gesture that you trigger by tapping the back of the phone to perform a specific task, such as taking a screenshot. Google always adds more features to the release as we get closer to the public beta in May and the final release later this year, so expect more improvements.
Below, I’ll highlight some new features in the current build and keep updating the list as Google releases more updates and adds more features. I recommend at least waiting until Google releases the first public beta before taking the plunge and installing Android 12, but here’s what you can guess.
A double-tap gesture to get stuff
Apple’s iPhone has a nice feature, which lets you set the back of the phone once and trigger the action of your choice multiple times. It looks like Google is going to use that idea with the new double-tap gesture.
On my pixel 5, i went Adjustment > system > Gestures > double tap Where I have turned on the new facility. After it is enabled, you will see a list of actions you can trigger. Tasks include taking screenshots, playing and pausing media, or opening Google Assistant.
That said, I have not been able to successfully trigger the gesture in the first or second developer preview. Apparently it is a feature coming to Android 12, but it is not fully integrated yet.
Another clue that Google’s work is incomplete here: the animation that plays at the top of the screen makes the person double-press the power button instead of tapping the phone.
One-handed mode makes it easier to use a large phone
For the past few years, the iPhone’s reachability feature has made it easier to use phones with large screens with one hand. And now the second developer preview of Android 12 has a new one-handed mode that does the same thing. Go to and turn it on Adjustment > system > Gestures > One-handed mode And slide to switch On Post.
To use it, swipe on the bar that is at the bottom of your phone’s screen. Doing so will pull down the interface in the middle of your display, putting whatever is within reach at the top of your screen.
Call for help with Emergency SOS
You can ask for help by pressing your phone’s power button five times quickly. A countdown alarm will be sounded before your phone calls your local emergency number.
Emergency SOS was turned on by default after installing the beta, but you can try opening the settings Adjustment App and going to Security and Emergency > emergency situation.
Notifications are slightly redesigned
This is a minor change and is expected to expand in future updates. The notification panel has a new look that is very subtle. When you are using the Light theme, there is a blue tint for the notification shade and the app icons are more pronounced. This gives a glimpse of the new approach to the interface that we hope to see more in future releases.
Control which apps appear in media settings
Instead of allowing each app that plays audio or video to use the Quick Settings media control panel, Android 12 adds the option to close the individual apps. For example, if you want to be able to control the playback of Spotify in the Quick Settings panel shade, but you don’t really want YouTube to take up space, you can turn it off.
Open Adjustment > Sound and vibration > Media And close all the apps you want to ban.
We know that Google has a lot in store for Android 12, based on the people who are getting buried in the current preview. Features and settings that require technology-saving to enable. Check this twitter thread To see the list of features that are currently discontinued, but the editor-in-chief of XDA Developers Mishal Rahman is searching and showing.
Yes, there is a lot to get excited about.
We will update this story with new features, as they are officially added to Android 12. Until then, be sure to bookmark this page and check it again and again. In the meantime, be sure to check out our favorite Android 11 features. And, if you insist, here’s how you can install Android 12 Developer Preview now.