HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today reveals that the Android 12 developer preview programme will be coming soon on the Nokia X20, allowing developers, across Africa, get their first taste of the next step in Android innovation.
The Android 12 developer preview programme empowers developers to create, test and finesse their apps ahead of the highly anticipated launch of the new operating system later this year.
Africa’s App developers will have the chance to sink their teeth into the latest version of Android with the Nokia X20 from Q3 2021.
Commenting on this, the Chief marketing Officer, HMD Global, Stephen Taylor, said:
“We’re extremely excited to announce, due to our close partnership with Google, that we will soon be able to offer access to the first Android 12 beta.”
“We understand that people want to use their phones for longer, and with a Nokia phone, it’s not just hardware durability which comes as standard. A smooth software that performs as new for years is just as important, which is why we want to work closely with our developer community on creating the best possible user experience. Longevity is the foundation of our new line-up of Nokia smartphones, so we offer up to three years of OS upgrades – recognised as one of the most comprehensive offerings in the smartphone market and continue to be the market leader in security updates. The Nokia X20 joins a family of devices that have helped shape Android for years.”
“We can’t wait to receive feedback from our community of dedicated Nokia fans, so we can cater to their requirements and continue providing our customers with even more value from the smartphones they love.”
The Android 12 developer programme is timely when discussions about accelerating mobile technology for digital transformation in Africa are taking front-row seats.
Developers taking part in the programme will be able to collaborate, share ideas and tips with like-minded experts through the Nokia phones community forum. To join the forum, developers can register through the MyPhoneApp available on all Nokia smartphones. Furthermore, through the Android 12 developer preview programme, Africa app experts on the project can communicate directly in 16 languages with HMD Global’s in-house developer team.
Android 12 will provide a host of new and updated features for people, such as:
- Supporting AVIF images, so you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of images for large file sizes;
- Audio-coupled haptic feedback for more immersive gaming and audio experiences.
- Refreshed app launch animations for an improved experience.
- Improved privacy and security features ensuring personal data are kept as safe as possible.
The programme provides crucial feedback for the development of the next milestone in Android. With sources from a broad geographical user base and diverse cultures, the analytics and error analyses will help fine-tune Android 12 for end-users.
Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy (“HMD”) is the home of Nokia phones and HMD Services.
HMD’s mission is providing accessible connectivity for everyone. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones and an expanding portfolio of innovative service offerings.
With an ongoing commitment to security, durability, reliability, and quality across its range, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones, tablets and accessories.