When will my phone get Android 12?
The second beta version of Android 12 has been released, and it shows off most of the new features that will eventually appear on the operating system when it finally becomes available to everyone. From a new updated design language to Material You themed options and the Privacy Center, Google now allows test participants to experience exactly what will appear on their phones when Android 12 becomes publicly available.
Of course, given the fact that the release of Android 12 is well underway, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on it. The answer. It depends – but Google usually releases full versions of Android updates to the public around August, and even then it’s only for the Pixel and some partner phones. Here’s all we know.
Android 12 release schedule
Along with the announcement of the first Android 12 Developer Preview, Google also unveiled a release schedule for the various stages of the operating system’s development, which gives us an idea of what to expect.
The next two Developer Previews were released first, which prepared developers for the changes in Android and allowed them to update their apps accordingly. Most of the changes in the Developer Previews are under the hood, so there aren’t many visual changes.
Next up are the beta versions. The first beta of Android 12 came out in May, after Google finally announced the consumer features of Android 12. The second beta came out in June, and the third is expected in July. There’s still a fourth beta before the final release, but that’s when Google expects the platform to have stabilized and no big changes are expected.
Last, but not least, is the public release of Android 12. This will most likely happen in late August or early September.
Which phones will get Android 12?
Initially, all Pixel devices starting with the Pixel 3 and above will get Android 12, as well as some Android One partners. As for Android 11, Sony, OnePlus and Xiaomi participated in the beta and therefore got the final release when it was available or very soon after. The same thing happened again this year, with beta Android 12 available on phones from Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE. It is possible that supported phones will get an accelerated release, although no official announcement has been made yet.
Eventually, all high-end phones and most mid-range phones released in the last year or so should get Android 12. But it may take some time. After all, look at the Galaxy S20 series, which didn’t get Android 11 until January, even though Google completed the OS in September. Quite often, even flagship phones get the next major software update two months or more after Google releases it.
Is it worth downloading the beta version?
Google has released Android 12 as a public beta, allowing anyone who really wants to be on the cutting edge to try it out.
The current beta version of Android 12 is stable enough for everyday use, but you will still find some bugs.
The current beta version of Android 12 is stable enough for everyday use, but you will still find some bugs. If you want to get Android 12 early, you can do it now, as long as you have one of the supported phones. Your experience will depend on which phone you’re on, though on Pixels the setup and logout goes most smoothly.
As Android 12 evolves and eventually spreads to users, we will update this guide with more details.