The tech giant announced Android 12 at Google IO 2021, and it’s touting a refreshed UI and more. You won’t actually be able to download the finished Android 12 update directly, however, as the final release is likely to arrive at the end of the year.
Some users can now download Android 12 beta 2, which includes anyone who has a Pixel 3 or newer, as well as owners of the Xiaomi Mi 11, OnePlus 9, and more. You’ll find a complete list below while watching our how to get Android 12 beta on your phone guide for instructions.
As for the finished version, the Google Pixel 6 is expected to arrive with Android 12 in September or October.
This will likely be the first device to ship with the update, and while Android 12 will probably arrive quickly on other Pixel phones, if you have another Android phone you’ll have to wait a bit longer, as each company has to do with Android. Tailor the 12 to their phone before it even runs.
Android 12 is a 2021 update to Google’s Android operating system, based on 2020’s Android 11, which some phones still don’t have. But it’s more than just an iterative update – Google describes it as the biggest design change in Android history.
We’ve listed all the official Android 12 features we’ve showcased on Google IO, and we’ll update this article as we learn more – and keep updating it as there’s beta release for Android 12 phones and later. rolls out.
cut to the chase
- What is this? Next Big Android Update
- When is it out? maybe september
- What is the biggest feature? Fresh, Integrated UI
- How much will it cost? It’s free!
android 12 release date
Android 12 was announced at Google IO 2021, and is now in beta for select devices, including phones from Oppo, Nokia, OnePlus, Xiaomi, ZTE, Asus, TCL and iQOO – as well as a lot of Pixels . You can find the complete list in the section below.
The final finished version of Android 12 is likely to arrive in September or October, depending on the previous release of the OS, although a small number of handsets such as the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a are likely to start. Assuming the upcoming Google Pixel 6 will launch such a phone.
Bringing Android 12 to your phone will depend on the device manufacturers, and it often takes months to do so, so don’t be surprised if your specific handset doesn’t get Android 12 by 2022.
Android 12 Compatibility
Android 12 will probably roll out to most phones that have come out in the past year or two, though some will be waiting a long time for it. It’s guaranteed to hit every modern Pixel handset, though probably beyond the Pixel 3, given that those models support beta.
Coming to the beta, we can look at the list of compatible phones to get some clues, which could be the first to ready Android 12. They are as follows:
- Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 (including XL and A-series phones)
- Oppo Find X3 Pro
- Nokia X20
- OnePlus 9/9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 / 11 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 11i / 11X Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra (Chinese model only)
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- asus zenfone 8
- realme gt
- Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
- Sharp Aquos Sense 5G
- techno camon 17
We expect all of these to get the final Android 12 release, and possibly much sooner (Pixel phones will get it on day one). Major recent handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S21 range are sure to be there too, and even the lowest-end and less popular phones might, if they’re more recent.
In terms of beta, though it’s worth noting that all the phones listed above other than the Pixel phones are running a developer preview, which is really only for developers, and is likely to be much less stable than the public beta. Pixel phones, so we’d think twice about downloading it. Even in public beta though you can expect bugs.
- How to get Android 12 Beta
Android 12: Fresh UI
Google has announced a new Material Design language for Android 12, called Material U, that rethinks the entire UI of the entire operating system.
The current beta brings more rounded buttons, more varied colors, smoother motion and animations, and more.
The company calls this Color Extraction, where you can choose a wallpaper and the system will automatically apply the dominant, complimentary and best-looking colors to the rest of the UI, which includes the notification shade, lock screen, and volume controls.
So this time everything is a lot more integrated, something that Google wanted to highlight. Previously, the color scheme and even the fonts looked mismatched, but here, everything has been redesigned to look as unified as possible in Android 12.
This customizable theme is also coming to Google’s web apps by the end of the year.
The widgets also see a redesign, this time looking more rounded. Because of the widget display in iOS 14 last year, it made sense for Android 12 to see a redesign in this area as well, where its appearance would match whatever color extraction you choose.
Changes have also been made to the Quick Settings panel, which adds Google Pay and smart home controls.
Android 12: Privacy & Security
Google has made it a point this year to ensure that privacy is at the heart of Android 12. The company put the point of privacy at the fore this year, and that includes Android 12.
Android Private Compute Core is the engine behind Android 12’s privacy features, making sure apps and phones are adhering to the privacy settings you enable.
To start, the new Privacy Dashboard gives you an overall view of the apps using the phone’s location, camera, contacts, and more.
However, a nice touch here is a simple overview in the form of a pie chart, accessed by apps over the last 24 hours.
Notification Center also has quick access to disable any features of the phone the app is using. For example, if you’re using the Facebook microphone while using another app, this part of the Notification Center will clearly show you that Facebook is using the microphone. Pressing it will disable its access to Facebook and other apps, if you wish.
In addition, Android 12 will also ask you for permission from an app to use a feature of the phone. You can choose to allow it only once, or not at all, while running the app.
You can choose to have some apps only provide an approximate location, such as weather apps that don’t need to know where you are.
And with features like Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply, all audio and language processing happens on your device, so data isn’t sent anywhere else.
There are also Locked Folders available in Apps, which allow you to lock a specific folder with a fingerprint.
And there’s the ability to unlock a Chromebook using your phone. Similar to the Apple Watch Unlock feature for Apple Macs, it will be a matter of holding your Android 12 smartphone near the Chromebook, and it will bring you to the home screen.
Lastly, when using an app like Camera, there will be a subtle UI indication that some of the camera’s features are being used, as it shows in Apple’s iOS 14.
Android 12 Other Features
When held down, the power button will now bring up Google Assistant, a handy way to invoke the service for a query if needed.
A new built-in remote is now standard in Android 12 as well, so if you have a TV that runs Android, or just a Chromecast, you can use your phone to browse through your favorite shows .
Along with this, a new feature called Car Key enables you to unlock your compatible smart car with your phone. This will allow you to unlock, lock and even start the engine with your smartphone.
It uses UWB (ultra-wideband) technology, which means you can walk up to your car and it’ll be unlocked, not even requiring you to take your phone out.
You’ll also be able to share digital access to your vehicle with others – allowing you to lend your car to a friend without a physical key and allow them to have access for a period of time.
In a slight nod to its competitor, Google is offering better support for third-party app stores.
Google’s password manager is also being redeveloped, along with cross-platform integration across all your Google apps and devices.
And Photo Mode will support a new format – AVIF, which promises compression similar to JPEG, but at better quality, as seen in the examples provided by the Android team in an online developer session. Note the difference in cloud detail.
Android 12 also promises to make your device faster and more responsive. Google claims this reduces the CPU time required for core system services by up to 22% and the use of larger cores by system servers by up to 15%, all of which should also mean better battery life.
Google has also confirmed that it will be rolling out Android 12 to third-party app stores and installers like the Amazon App Store, APKUpdater, and Samsung Galaxy Apps, to name a few.
Currently, third party app stores require direct user permissions to manage and update apps on their platform, but it looks like this change will allow third party stores to manage and update apps directly.
However, this process may not be an easy task for third party app store developers. They must first opt in to be allowed to use the feature, and a specific “update package without user action” permission will also be required to be held by the store. So, first some revision can be done from Google side.
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