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Latest Android 12 Developer Preview Includes Improved Picture-In-Picture

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at his second , offering a preview of more features coming to devices later this year. Among them are more secure lock screen notifications. Developers can configure notifications so that they always need authentication. For example, an email app might always ask you to confirm your identity before allowing you to delete a message or mark it as read from the lock screen.

Applications with automatic (PIP) should switch to this mode more easily when you swipe up to access the Home screen. Other PIP improvements include better window resizing for non-video content, placing the PIP panel on the side of the screen (similar ) and double-tap to change the window size.

The preview includes APIs that will allow developers to reactivate relevant apps when your phone or tablet is near a connected device, such as a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Android 12 will offer better support for rounded corners in apps, which is a positive development as more manufacturers () adopt this look for device screens. Meanwhile, the preview will make it easier for developers to include blurs, color filters, and other effects.

Google aims to achieve platform stability status (i.e. a stable beta where most of the technology under the hood has been finalized) in August. This will give developers at least a few weeks to test their apps in what is expected to be a perfected version of Android 12 before Google releases the operating system publicly.

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