Yesterday, Google released the Android 12 Beta during the Google I/O keynote with the event coming to an end today, the new upgrade comes with some really decent features and upgrades that’s worth talking about.
Currently, the Android 12 Public Beta is now official on Google Pixel smartphones starting from the Pixel 3 and above and there are other devices that supports the new upgrade from different OEMs like Oppo, Lenovo, Samsung, Xiaomi, TCL, Realme and so forth.
If you’re using a Pixel smartphone (from Pixel 3 and above), you can visit Google’s Android test site to register your device as a beta tester which will grant you access to install the new update but there are also other instructions out there for those that do not own a Pixel device.
The visual aesthetics and upgraded user interface of the new Android 12 is really appealing and since this is a major update, we were expecting all these features. There are new animations to ease in the funky part of the UI and there are widgets and modified lock screen.
There is also a new theming function that let you change colors used throughout the entire system via the color highlights of a wallpaper. That will then affect the color of the volume rocker, the status are and so forth.
While not all features mentioned will show in the public beta version of Android 12, it’s worth noting that the stable release of the operating system later on this year will be the time when all the mentioned and promised features will arrive on the operating system.
Google is focusing more on the user experience of the Android 12 OS which is also one of the interesting things to put in mind with privacy and security also being one of the most relevant piece of improvements Google has put a great of work to upgrade in the new Android 12 OS.
Features like application indication in the notification center to let you know whether your device’s camera or microphone is being used by an application as well as numerous permissions of all applications on one dashboard are just few of the many improvements that has been included in this update.
Smartphones that supports Android 12 Public Beta
As stated earlier, most modern smartphones released as far back as 2020 should all offer support for the device but there are some that are certain which includes the Google Pixel 3 series and upward but there are also devices like the OnePlus 9 series and there was even a report about Realme partnering with Google as a beta tester which then gives majority of their devices the privilege of early access to the Android 12 update. Below are some of the devices that supports the Android 12 public beta.
- Pixel 3, 3 XL
- Pixel 3A, 3A XL
- Pixel 4, 4 XL
- Pixel 4A, 4A 5G
- Pixel 5
- ASUS Zenfone 8
- OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
- OPPO Find X3 Pro (model CPH2173)
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- iQOO 7
- Xiaomi 11, Xiaomi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi 11I, Xiaomi 11X Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
- Sharp, Tecno, and Realme models
How to install the Android12 beta version?
If you own a Google Pixel smartphone, then head over to the Android 12 beta website and then get your device registered for the beta testing.
There is a portion from where you can find whether your device is compatible and if you are able to find your device, then you can go ahead and register your smartphone for this.
The more manual way to go about this is by heading to your device’s settings application by swiping down the notification center and click on the settings icon (usually a cog) and then go to System > System updates and click on “Check for updates”.
As for other brands of mobile phones such as OnePlus, Realme, etc, please follow the official Google instructions page of the supported mobile phones, because the installation process seems to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer basically due to the differences in their own proprietary skin (e.g: EMUI or MiUI etc.)