The next Android update is on the way. Here’s what you need to know.
Google announced that they are developing Android 12 in early 2021; The public beta is currently ongoing. Take a look at the features and potential surprises you should watch before the final release.
When Will Android 12 Release?
There is no official full release date announced by Google. However, the company announced the public beta during Google I/O, which took place on May 18-20, 2021.
Given Android’s past release dates, expect it to arrive on your phone in Fall 2021. September seems to be Google’s preferred release date.
Your phone model will determine exactly when you get the new version; Since Android is a Google product, Google always takes the Pixel phones first.
How to Download Android 12 Beta Version?
You can join the beta to test it and provide feedback to Google. If you’ve never used a beta version before, here are some tips:
Available only on Google Pixel phones including 3, 3a, 4, 4a and Pixel 5.
Use a tester, not your primary phone. Public beta versions can still have bugs (it’s all about crowdsourced information on how well the software works), so you don’t want to risk trying it on your primary phone.
If you’re brave enough, here’s a snapshot of the developer beta. You have to use the Android Flash Tool or install an OTA update using ADB commands. We will post public beta download information on this page as soon as it becomes available.
Android 12 How Much?
The updated operating system will be free, as with all other Android updates. Some phone manufacturers will automatically send the update to your phone, while others will not. The newer your phone is, the sooner you’ll get the update. It’s easy to find which Android version you have and update if needed as Android 12 becomes widely available.
Android 12 Rumors and Expected Features
Android 12 should include the following, although there are still a few surprises in the final release. It looks different, with an all-new design that offers smoother animations, a variety of colors, and larger buttons.
Android 12 Supported Devices
Google’s Pixel newer phone lineup will get Android 12 first; one of the perks of buying these phones. New Samsung and OnePlus phones will likely be supported by the end of 2021, with older phones from most manufacturers getting the update in early 2022.
However, not all Google phones will update to Android 12, and manufacturers may decide to skip the update for phones older than a few years.