Before the first preview landed for Android 12 developers, a few leaked models suggested we were getting into it a pretty big makeover with wallpaper-based themes, a new notification shadow and conversation widgets. Most of these features were already hidden in the first developer preview, and now we get our first glimpse of conversation widgets thanks to them too XDA.
The changes were discovered by XDA forum member and Android app developer Kieron Quinn, who managed to reverse-engineer the widget. The widget was called “People Space” during development and Quinn was able to confirm that the latest chat partners are currently being retrieved from the Google Messages app. However, the conversation itself is not currently displayed. It also doesn’t work with third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger yet.
The models we saw before the first Android 12 developer preview gave us a better look at what the conversational widgets can do. You can litter your homescreen with the widgets and monitor multiple conversations and activities at the same time, including Facebook Messenger chats, missed calls and calendar events. Support for third-party apps has also been highlighted in internal documents created by XDA. Google is currently planning to make the conversation widget a mandatory part of Android 12 for all manufacturers, so you might not even need a Pixel phone to enjoy it.
You can find more information about the launch of Android 12 in our announcement post with the new features Here. If you want to install Developer Preview on your own device, find out how to do it our Android 12 download instructions.