Google’s Android 12 preview gets another update
Google is rolling out a bug fix update for the recent Android 12 Developer Preview 2. The new DP 2.1 update, according to the changelog provided, includes only one change: a fix for a crash related to WebView, potentially related to the more widespread WebView crash issue that plagued other phones last week.
Although April is just around the corner, the security patch level for this update is still March 2021. No changes other than the WebView-related patch are mentioned in Google’s changelog for the update. Android 12 DP2.1. Some also claim that an issue with the back gesture is also fixed in this version, although this has been also would have been fixed in DP2.
We have to assume that the mentioned WebView crash is related to the similar issue last week which caused the apps to crash suddenly, constantly and randomly as part of an issue with Android’s WebView component. This issue affected Android phones across several software versions, but seemed to hit Samsung phones particularly hard. None of us at Android Police encountered the same issue using Developer Previews, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t affected.
The update started rolling out via traditional means right after our original release, and it’s expected to arrive on supported devices soon. If you have a Pixel 3, 3XL, Pixel 3a, 3a XL, Pixel 4, 4XL, Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, or Pixel 5, you can download the update early or just wait for the OTA to land.