Google has finally launched the beta version of its most recent Android 12 at its opening in Google I/O (which means input/output or innovation in the open). Google’s Android 12 first beta was launched yesterday (May 18, 2021) along with the first Android 12 Developer preview. Google Android 12 comes with a lot of new developer-focused features.
Because Google’s Android is an open-source platform, it has always been about personalization, letting you select the device, service, and experience that you want has, in turn, made this mobile OS popular over the years with more than 3 billion active devices around the world.
Google’s Android 12 builds on everything we love about Android and building a personal device that deeply connects to you, developing an operating system that is secure by default and private by design. Google intends to roll out the final and stable version of Android 12 by August 2021, indebt details can be found in the platform stability milestone (visit: https://developer.android.com/about/versions/12/overview).
List of Devices That Supports Google’s Android 12 Beta
Which are the devices eligible to get the Android 12 Beta program? Sadly, not all Google pixel devices will support Android 12 Beta. You will find the list of Google Pixel devices that will support the beta version of Android 12 below:
- Pixel 3.
- Pixel 3 XL.
- Pixel 3a.
- Pixel 3a XL.
- Pixel 4.
- Pixel 4 XL.
- Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a (5G).
- Pixel 5.
The Google Android 12 beta will also be available to other phone brands known to Google as partner devices such as:
- Mi 11
- Mi 11 Ultra
- Mi 11X Pro
- Mi 11i
- OnePlus 9
- OnePlus 9 Pro
- ZenFone 8
- OPPO Find X3 Pro
- Realme GT
- SHARP AQUOS R6
- TECNO CAMON 17
- TCL 20 Pro
- iQOO 7 Legend
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra
- Nokia X20
Features of Google’s Android 12
Google Android 12 comes with a lot of interesting new features. So right now, I will be going over the most important changes that you should expect with installing Google Android 12 beta on your device.
Redesigned System Space
With the Google Android 12, some of the important spaces on your phone like your notification shade and quick settings have been redesigned to get things done.
The notification shade at first glance is now more intuitive and playful. From the notification shade, you can easily gain access to what you are listening to or watching, a glance view of your app notifications, and even lets you control the entire operating system with just a swipe or a tap from the Quick Settings.
The Quick Settings space now looks and feels different on the Android 12. Added to the Android 12 Quick Settings are Google Pay and Home controls.
You can now also have access to Google’s help more easily now than ever with Google’s Android 12 as it lets you call up Assistant by just long-pressing the button. In addition to that, by long-pressing the power button, you can also make a quick call, open apps, and even ask questions or read aloud text-heavy articles.
Improved Privacy and Security
Google Android 12 is more secure and private as it not only lets you gain knowledge about with apps are accessing your data but also gives you more controls to enable you to make informed choices about how much of your private information these apps can gain access to. The Android 12 comes with an indicator that’s found at the top right of your status bar which lets you know when an app is accessing your microphone or camera.
Interestingly, with the Google Android 12, you won’t be bothered about giving out your precise location to apps with the all-new approximate location permission. Apps will now only be limited to seeing only your approximate location rather than your precise location, it may not be as great as a VPN but it’s worthy of commendation.
New User Interface
The new User Interface (UI) is something a lot of Android users have been looking forward to for a very long time and I am glad to tell you that Google’s Android 12 comes with a new UI called Material You. There will also be new custom color palettes and redesigned widgets with which you can use to personalize your phone. The AI on the Google Android 12 is also worthy to be noted because, with a basic activity like selecting a wallpaper, the AI uses a process called Colour Extraction by Google which determines the dominant colors, the complementary colors and all the great colors on the wallpaper and in turn applies those colors across the entire OS.
Improved Performance And Battery Efficiency
Google says that their newest Android 12 they have been able to reduce the CPU time needed for the core system services up to 22% and the use of big cores by the system server to 15%. They claim that because with this improvement, it will result in more responsiveness in day-to-day use as well as longer battery life.
Just like how Apple phones double as a TV remote for Apple TV, the latest Google Android 12 has a similar feature and can be used as a TV remote but this time for Android TV OS devices including Google TV enabled devices.
Better Integration with Chromebooks
Google claims that with the latest Android 12 you should be able to sign in to your Chromebook with a phone running on this OS (Android 12). Asides from signing in, you will be able to view incoming messages on your Chromebook as well as photos taken with your Android 12 device.
The much-anticipated scrolling Screenshot is finally available. With this feature, you would be able to take a screenshot of an entire page rather than having to resort to taking multiple screenshots.
How to Install the Android 12 Beta
The Google Android 12 can be installed on supported devices from Google Pixel, and Partner devices. Refer to the list above.
For Google Pixel Devices
If you own a Google Pixel device that supports the Android 12 beta and you would love to have a feel of this new software version, then I will be guiding you through the steps to take to have Android 12 installed on your device.
For Google Pixel devices, one of the easiest way to install the Android 12 beta is to enroll your device in the Android Beta for Pixel program and you can do that here: https://www.google.com/android/beta
After enrolling, your device would now be receiving the regular OTA (over-the-air) updates till the final release. Ensure you back up your device before enrolling your device.
If you need more control over the testing then it would be best if you manually install the OS on your device by flashing or sideloading the Android 12 into your Pixel device. To manually flash the Android 12 into your device I would recommend you use the Android Flash Tool. As for the sideloading process, if you have a supported pixel device with Android 11 already installed, you can sideload an OTA image to enable you to try out the Android 12 without necessarily having to unlocking your bootloader or deleting your device’s data.
For Partner Devices
As part of the beta testing program, you can also install Google’s Android 12 on other top brands that use Google’s OS. To be able to perform this update please ensure your device is among the listed devices above to enable you successfully updating the Android 12 without bricking your device. Different partners support different methods in installing the Android 12 Beta, some could be through OTA updates, and for others, you will have to download a system image that you can use to flash the device.
Also note that since it is a beta version, after flashing or installing the Android 12 Beta through OTA there are bound to be bugs and if you find any in the course of testing out the OS, do well to use your partners (device’s) feedback channel to report bugs that are specific to that device.
Alternatively, asides from installing the Android 12 on your mobile devices you can also set up the latest version on your Android emulator, Get a generic system image and also install it on your Android TV. To be able to do any of the above, you can find it on Android’s developer page.