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.
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.
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 XL
Pixel 3a XL
Pixel 4 XL
Pixel 4a (5G)
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 11X Pro
OPPO Find X3 Pro
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.
Asus has given the prerequisites and steps to download the beta update on their website.
OnePlus has posted about the update on their forum and given the links to download where early adopters and developers can opt-in for the program.
OPPO has shared the steps to download the update for their OPPO Find X3 Pro.
Realme is yet to release its beta version of the software. They are working on their Realme UI 3.0 which will get later updates of the Android 12.
Tecno has allowed trying the pre-release version of the developer preview program on their Tecno Camon 17.
TCL has shared the steps to update for their TCL 20 Pro 5G users.
Vivo has allowed their eligible device users to manually download and update the software and shared the steps for the same.
MI has welcomed their users to download the Android 12 developer preview program and also shared some known issues related to updates.
ZTE has also offered its ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G users an early glimpse of the beta update.
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.