Android 12 beta is most popular pre-release in Android’s history ‘by far’


The new customization features are probably a big reason.

tl; Dr
  • Android lead Dave Burke says the Android 12 beta program is so popular it’s setting records.
  • Burke says the beta is “the most downloaded/installed beta ever”.
  • The new look and customization features are big reasons for excitement.

Google has a long history of offering beta programs for the latest Android releases. With the launch of Pixel phones in 2016, the company now also has a dedicated suite of testing hardware, with interested users around the world willing to test things out for free.

Interestingly, in the history of all those Android beta releases, nothing could compare to the current run of the Android 12 beta. According to Dave Burke, Android VP of Engineering, this is the most popular beta “by far”.

Burke announced the news on Twitter After the launch of the second beta for Android 12 yesterday.

Unfortunately, Burke did not provide a number for this claim. As such, it’s hard to overstate how important this milestone is.

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However, it can be no coincidence that the Android 12 beta has the most significant design changes for Android in years. The last two Android versions have been quite similar in design. You have to go back three or four years until you find an Android version that looks very different from the Android 11 we have. So, it’s no surprise that people are so excited about the new look of Android 12.

Want to give Android 12 beta a shot? Follow our guide to do this.

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