Android 12 Beta: Eligible Devices and Program Download

Google has rolled out its Android 12 Beta program initially for its Pixel devices. Know about the program, the list of devices eligible for the beta program and find the download process and links.

Android 12 beta program download and eligible devices

About the program

Android 12 operating system users will experience something called 'Material You' design. With this release, Google has focused on many areas like ease of app access, fresh look to the lock screen, quick settings notification shade, Google Play security enhancements, privacy control concerns, improved battery life, and many performance upgrades.

The new software has some very interesting features like colour extraction that automatically determines rich colours from your wallpaper applies them to the interface such as notification shade, widgets, lock screen, volume controls, etc. It has a better user experience with more power efficiency of CPU response time for core system services reduced up to 22 percent than the previous versions of Android.

Google has always remained concerned about the user privacy controls and with the Android 12 update, they have brought more transparency to be able to control what's being used and which service has access to which controls. The new privacy dashboard shows the permissions granted to apps and the ability to revoke the services as and when required by the user. Also, like seen in the Apple iOS 14 and above, on the top-right corner of the screen, an indicator appears to show when any of your apps are accessing the camera and microphone of your smartphone. Users can toggle to allow or revoke such permissions for each app quickly from the privacy dashboard.

Besides a few of these, Google has brought many more new features that we'll be explaining in detail in our upcoming blog posts.

Eligible Devices

The users of Google Pixel 3 and above phone models are now set to receive the beta updates. Google has also listed a few other manufacturer's devices eligible for the program on their blog. Here we have mentioned those Pixel phone models and other eligible devices:

  • Pixel 3

  • Pixel 3a

  • Pixel 3 XL

  • Pixel 3a XL

  • Pixel 4

  • Pixel 4a

  • Pixel 4 XL

  • Pixel 4a (5G)

  • Pixel 5

Tech giants like Samsung, Motorola, Sony and Nokia haven't come up with making the beta program available for its users yet. But a list of select phone models from the other brands is now also eligible to test the Android 12 public beta. They are:

  • Xiaomi Mi 11

  • MI 11 Ultra

  • Mi 11i

  • Mi 11X Pro

  • Realme GT

  • OPPO Find X3 Pro

  • Vivo iQOO 7 Legend

  • OnePlus 9

  • OnePlus 9 Pro

  • Asus Zenfone 8

  • Tecno Camon 17

  • TCL 20 Pro 5G

  • And many more getting added to the list

We will add more to the list as soon as we get updates on further eligible devices.

How to download and install the update

The enrolled Google Pixel users can perform a system update check by going to their phone's Settings > System > Advanced > System updates. For the remaining, head to the given links below to download the installation package for your eligible device.

Stay tuned, if you didn't find your phone model listed here above. We will be updating you soon.

Backup before installing

With the announcement, Google and other manufacturers have also stated that the beta version might be unstable and have more bugs compared to the stable release. These developer programs are more likely to brick your phone if you are unsure about how to manually update your phone OS. So, it's always better to backup your phone before proceeding to upgrade the system, and advisory to try the beta program on your secondary devices. Don't forget to be cautious if you want to enrol on the program.

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