After releasing a number of Android 12 developer previews over the past few months, Google finally released the first beta of Android 12 at the Google I/O 2021.
The Android 12 beta comes with a slew of features and a massive new UI overhaul. Without any further ado, let’s look at some of the biggest features of Android 12, supported devices, and how you can install Android 12 beta on your Google Pixel device.
What’s new in Android 12 Beta?
The first big change is the new “Material You” UI design that Google says is a “radical new way to think about design.” If you install Android 12 on your device, you will notice new visual changes to the lockscreen, quick settings panel, the settings menu and more.
The lock screen now shows a massive clock when there are no new notifications. The quick settings panel has been revamped and now has big tiles and some new options such as Extra Dim which makes the screen even darker. You can now long-press the power button to open Google Assistant.
Google is also introducing a new private dashboard to make important permissions more manageable. The dashboard will feature a “timeline of when apps accessed your camera, microphone, or device location.” However, the dashboard is yet to be seen in beta.
Google also took some features straight from the iOS 14 playbook, like the new camera and microphone indicators that will appear in the top right corner of the screen when they are in use. Also, the “Copied to clipboard” notification that will appear when your clipboard is accessed.
Apart from that, Android 12 features a new approximate location permission that will give apps an approximate location of users instead of giving a precise location.
Most of the changes from the previous developer previews are still there such as the large icons and headers in the Settings page, the all-new One-handed mode, revamped widget menu and more.
Android 12 device list
Android 12 beta is available on Pixel devices and a few devices from other OEMs. Here is a list of all Android 12 beta 1 supported devices —
- Pixel 3/XL
- Pixel 3a/XL
- Pixel 4/XL
- Pixel 4a/5G
- Pixel 5
- OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
- ASUS ZenFone 8
- Xiaomi Mi 11, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i, and Mi 11 Pro
- OPPO Find X3 Pro
- iQOO 7 Legend
- Realme GT (China only)
- Techno Camon 17
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- ZTE Axon 30 5G Ultra
It goes without saying that the list will only grow from here as more OEMs join the Android 12 party. OnePlus has withdrawn the Android 12 beta update for the time being as people complained about their devices getting bricked after installing the update.
How to install Android 12 beta on your device?
If you own an Android 12 supported Pixel device, you can go to the Google beta program to get the Android 12 beta build.
On the Beta page, you will find an Opt-in option under your Pixel device. Click on it and then select Join Beta. In a few minutes, you will receive the Android 12 beta OTA on your device.
Alternatively, you can also sideload the Android 12 beta build on your Google Pixel device. However, the opt-in method is much easier.
If you own a non-Pixel device, head to the Android 12 beta device website and click on Get the Beta under the logo of your device manufacturer. From there, you can follow the steps listed on the Beta program page of the manufacturer’s official site.