Before the first pre-release version of the Android 12 developer landed, some leaked mockups suggested that we had a fairly large redesign with a background-based theme, a new alert shadow, and conversation apps. Most of these features have already been discovered in the first pre-release version by the developer, and now we also get our first look at talk shows thanks to XDA.
The changes were discovered by XDA Forums member and Android app developer Kieron Quinn, who managed to activate the widget via some reverse engineering. The module is called “People Space” while it is under development, and Quinn was able to confirm that it is currently downloading the latest chat partners from the Google Messages app, but right now it does not show the actual conversation. It also does not work with third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger yet.
Mockups we saw before the first preview of the Android 12 developer, give us a better insight into what is possible with the conversation programs. You can fold the home screen with the widgets and monitor multiple conversations and activities at once, including Facebook Messenger chats, missed calls, and calendar events. Third-party app support was also highlighted in internal documents obtained by XDA, and Google is currently planning to make the calling app a mandatory part of Android 12 for all manufacturers, so you do not even need a Pixel phone to enjoy it.
The leaky Android 12 model.
For more on the launch of Android 12, check out our announcement post describing what’s new here. If you want to install developer preview on your own device, you can find out how in the Android 12 download guide.