The final Android 12 beta (Beta 5) is here, bringing with it a really good look at most of the new features that will eventually show up in the operating system once it finally rolls out to everyone. From the refreshed design language to the Material You theming options to the Privacy Center, Google now allows testers to experience exactly what will be hitting their phones when Android 12 becomes publicly available.
Of course, given the fact that the Android 12 release is full steam ahead, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on it. The answer? It depends — but generally, Google releases full versions of Android updates to the public around August or just after, and even then, it’s only to the Pixel and some partner phones. Here’s everything we know so far.
Along with announcing the first Android 12 Developer Preview, Google also provided a release schedule for various milestones of the operating system’s development, giving us a good look at what to expect.
First up were two Developer Previews, which prepared developers for the changes coming to Android and allowed them to update their apps accordingly. Most of the changes in Developer Previews are under the hood, so not too many visual changes came with those.
Next up are were the betas. The first Android 12 beta was released in May after Google finally announced Android 12’s consumer-facing features. The remaining betas came in June, July, and August respectively. With those, testers got a taste of the redesigned Android operating system and its new features. The Android 12 final release is expected sometime in October, just before the Pixel 6.
Initially, all Pixel devices from the Pixel 3 and later will get Android 12 on launch day, along with some Android One partners. For Android 11, Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi all participated in the betas, and got the final release when it was available or very soon after. OnePlus also clarified that despite merging codebase with Oppo, it still plans to release Oxygen OS 12 shortly after the Android 12 launch.
The Android 12 beta is also available on phones from Asus, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. It’s possible that supported phones will get a quick release, though very few announcements have been made just yet.
Samsung will certainly be rolling out Android 12 pretty speedily. More specifically, expect Android 12 to come to the S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra first. The company has begun testing One UI 4 updates on those flagships in Korea and rolled out the One UI 4 Beta Program in select markets on September 14, allowing S21 users to sign up using the Samsung Members app.
“One UI 4 helps users create their own, optimized mobile experience because Samsung recognizes that, everyone wants to meet their unique needs and preferences,” Dr. TM Roh, President and head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business said in September. “As we’ve done with every iteration of our One UI, we’ve listened to our users to understand the tools and innovations needed to create a better, more reliable, and enhanced overall user experience.”
One UI 4 will ship without Google’s Material You, but users will find the security features Google included present, alongside enhanced customizability options. You can expect every A-Series and S-Series Samsung phone released in the past four years to get One UI 4 and Android 12 eventually, though the flagships will naturally take priority.
Oppo has announced an Android 12 and Color OS 12 rollout as well. This will come to over 100 Oppo phones throughout 2022. The Find X3 and OnePlus 9 (in China), will get the update first. Later, the company will roll it out to other popular high-mid range Oppo phones through the first half of 2022.
Xiaomi has also claimed that it plans to debut MIUI 13 at the end of the year Eventually, all high-end Android phones and most midrange phones from the past year or so should get Android 12, but it may take a while. After all, look at the Galaxy S20 series, which only got Android 11 starting in January, though Google finalized the OS in September. It’s pretty common for even flagship phones to get the next major software update two or more months after it’s released by Google. This has been a long-standing problem with Android releases, though it’s certainly gotten better over time.
Google has released Android 12 as part of a public beta, allowing anyone who truly wants to be on the bleeding edge to test it out. The current Beta 5 is the final one before release, so if you want a taste before the rollout, this is your last chance.
The current Android 12 beta is essentially what’ll be coming down the pipeline, albeit with some minor bugs here and there. At this point, you’re probably better off waiting for the final release if you’ve held out this long. With that caveat, if you want to get Android 12 early, you can do so now, provided you’re on one of the supported phones. Your experience will vary depending on which phone you’re on, though Pixels have some of the smoothest installs and exits.
As Android 12 progresses and eventually rolls out to the public, we’ll update this guide with more information.
Author: Christian de Looper
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