On October 19, Google rolled out Android 12 stable updates for eligible Pixel smartphones. Ever since its first Developer Preview was released, we all have been eagerly learning about the latest version of Android and its features. The company has still kept some features underground, waiting to be unearthed.
Mishaal Rahman, former Editor-in-Chief of XDA Developers tweeted about this feature. He says after a very thorough read, he found the new feature. Android 12 has *very* quietly added support for native app cloning. He claims to have found it in the official Android 12 Compatibility Definition Document (CDD).
Anyhow, “App Clone” is not a new feature. Many OEMs offer this feature in their Android skin. But here, Google has embedded this functionality natively in the operating system itself for the first time.
Before this new silent update, users had to go through a tedious process to use multiple instances of a specific app. On Pixels and devices without the clone feature, the user would have to create a separate work profile. Then, they would have to switch between the two profiles to access two different profiles to access different versions of the same application.
With Android 12, a clone of the desired app can be created by the primary user. They can access both instances from the same profile. Having said that, Android 12 is still uncharted territory and only Pixels have this update as of now. It is estimated that developers might take some time to add support for the new native cloning feature.
Having said that, since Android 12 is still new and only Pixels have started receiving it, app developers might take some time to add support for the new native cloning feature.
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