XDA’s Mishal Rahman has reported that the Android 12 lock screen could get a widget stack and has an “expanded smart space” feature. He also shared a small video that shows that Google could add widget stacks to the home screen. The video was similar to the Smart Stacks feature that was introduced in iOS 14. The feature lets users stack widgets of the same size.
It has been noticed that the clock on the lock screen is quite large. It uses two separate lines. The hour is placed up while the minute is placed right below the hour. However, the large lock moves to the top whenever there is a new notification. The same clock design can also be seen in the Always-on Display. Notably, Google has not made the new design available for a larger audience. There are chances that the new design could be scrapped before the launch of the final update.
Apart from this, many new and smart features were seen in the Android 12 Developers preview. Talking about the changes, Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, Android, said in a blog, “With each version, we’re working to make the OS smarter, easier to use, and better performing, with privacy and security at the core. In Android 12, we’re also working to give you new tools for building great experiences for users. Start with things like compatible media transcoding, which helps your app work with the latest video formats if you don’t already support them and easier copy/paste rich content into your apps, like images and videos. We’re also adding privacy protections and optimizing performance to keep your apps responsive.”
Android 12 developers preview has arrived with a bunch of interesting features, including the Double-tap gesture, App pairs— which will let users launch two apps simultaneously, new theming system, one-handed mode, face-based auto-rotate feature, new notification UI, compatible media transcoding, and more. These features were spotted in the Android 12 developers preview. Google may or may not release some of them in the final update.