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Android 12 to bring a default share menu for all apps, block customised share menus by third-party apps

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Android 12 to bring a default share menu for all apps, block customised share menus by third-party apps

In a bid to introduce uniformity, Google will block third-party apps from creating their share sheets on Android 12.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Android Sharesheets have been customisable for all till now and allow different share menus to appear on various apps.
  • Google seeks to stop this on Android 12, bringing uniformity in the sharing menu for users.
  • It is yet unclear if the restriction will extend to operating systems by Android OEMs.

Among several upgrades that the Android 12 is slated to bring, it is now being hinted that the operating system will block any third-party app from coming up with its share sheet. To date, Android has no such restriction in place, as several apps offer their share menu to users.

It is being reported that the move to block third party sharing menus is a deliberate one by Google. With this, the company wishes to bring uniformity to the sharing options menu that users see upon attempting to share something across apps.

For those unaware, Android Sharesheet is the menu that lists all the possible sharing options in an app. It appears from the bottom when users hit the share button inside an app.

As you may have noticed, many apps on Android have their interface for this sharing menu. This variation is because Google has not enforced its UI for the share sheet to date. Third-party apps and OEMs can make customisations to these share sheets to make them look different in their apps.

Google now aims to stop this by making sure that the share menu pops up in a uniform manner across all Android apps. For this, the company will block third-party apps from replacing the share sheet starting from Android 12.

The move has been highlighted in a recent report by XDA Developers. The report mentions a ticket raised on the AOSP bug tracker by the developer of Sharedr. The ticket complained that there was no prompt on Android 12 for the user to choose between Sharedr and the Android Sharesheet.

Google confirmed in response that it was not a bug but indeed a deliberate move. The company has put in a restriction on Android 12 that will always open the Android Sharesheet by default for users meaning to share something in an app. Thus, no third-party app will be able to override this share sheet with its own going forward.

The development will certainly affect the working of third-party sharing apps like Sharedr. However, it is not confirmed yet if it will also affect the operating systems of Android OEMs.

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