Google’s latest major Android update, Android 12, is not yet available to the general public, but it is getting closer. The company wrote on its Android Developers site that it had pushed the source to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and was “officially” releasing the update. While Android 12 is technically available, you won’t see it show up as an update on your Pixel phone for the “next few weeks,” according to the post.
When it launches, it’s coming to Pixel 3, Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 5A phones (wow, Google is doing a lot of that now). This is the software you’ll see on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro when they launch later this year.
According to Google, it will also arrive on Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo and Xiaomi devices later in 2021.
In case you’re curious what Android 12 is, I have a software review, which I tested extensively on a Pixel 3 and Pixel 4A 5G. This is an update that mainly aims to polish the look of Android with Google’s new Material You design language. There are other features worth trying, including a new privacy dashboard that offers more transparency into how your apps access your location, microphone, and camera, but overall , this is not an update that aims to radically change the way you use your phone.
If you need a helping hand downloading and installing the update when it arrives, we’ll put together a step-by-step guide to doing it on your Pixel or other supported phone, so stay tuned. ‘listen.