News, compatible smartphones, update date, everything you need to know about the new Google operating system

On May 19, 2021, Google presented Android 12 during its traditional Google I / O. The new version of the mobile operating system marks a real turning point in its history. The American giant has completely redesigned the user interface and is making profound changes.

When will Android 12 be released? How do i install it? On which smartphones? Here is everything you need to know.

What’s new in Android 12

In the past few years, major Android updates haven’t been that important. Google makes a few tweaks here and there to make it easier to use. However, the last cosmetic revision goes back several years.

With Android 12, the American is completely revising the graphics charter of his mobile operating system. Between Apple’s inspirations and the restoration of certain features from other brands, Google is full of new features.

Material You: New look for a new life

The most noticeable change is obviously the complete redesign of the design. With Material You, Google wants every smartphone to match the personality of its owner.

To do this, he suggests adapting the entire graphic chart to the selected background image. This feature is not available in Android 12 Beta 1 and is undoubtedly the most interesting of the new operating system. Because not only are the colors based on those of the background image, but the symbols and typography can also be completely personalized.

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The other major change concerns the control center. Google is inspired by Apple and chooses an opaque menu in which each item is presented in a rectangle with rounded corners. The information is then easier to read, making it easier to access. The whole thing is then much more intuitive.

Aside from these aesthetic changes, Google also checked and corrected its animations and transitions. Android 12 then approaches OxygenOS, an overlay developed by OnePlus that has been praised for its great fluidity.

Eventually, widgets become central to the user experience. The formats are more numerous, better drawn (rounded corners) and their layout optimized. Again, we feel the inspiration from Apple, but we’re not going to complain.

New gestures and one-handed mode

To complement the cosmetic changes, Google is introducing new gestures to make everyday use easier. The program includes a pumped one-handed mode that comes very close to that of iOS. To activate it, it is enough to simply slide your finger up and down from the bottom of the screen.

With Android 12, you can now activate Google Assistant by pressing the power button. Nothing new for those used to Samsung or Apple smartphones. We even wonder how long it took for this feature to be available natively on Android. Better late than never.

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Finally, owners of Pixel smartphones can benefit from an additional gesture: double tap. In the settings you can specify that an action should be linked by pressing twice on the back of the phone.

You can activate the flashlight, start Google Assistant, take a screenshot, etc. If none of the suggested actions are suitable, you can start the app of your choice.

More confidentiality

During the Google I / O, the American giant focused his speech on protecting user data. Almost a shame for a company, so private data is the main source of income. But let’s move on.

Android 12 will therefore embed the Privacy Dashboard, a new function to strengthen the confidentiality of data. In short, the privacy dashboard is a great way to keep track of application permissions. We can then choose which data we want to communicate in a refined and intuitive interface.

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Privacy Dashboard is currently unavailable in Beta 1. It should land in Beta 2 of Android 12.

Also note that Android 12 explicitly states when an application is using the camera or microphone in the background. A small icon will then appear in the top right corner of the screen.

But still ?

As every year, Android 12 is also being expanded to include functions that are less visible or already known to users of other smartphones from other brands. We are thinking, for example, of the extended screenshot that is already available from Oppo, Samsung, OnePlus or Xiaomi, or even the improved picture-in-picture mode (with control buttons).

Android 12 will also improve the performance and battery life of smartphones of the late 2021 and 2022.

However, it is still difficult to say what features will be provided in the final version. As with any major update, new features will be shown or hidden with each new beta.

When will Android 12 be released?

The final version of Android 12 will be available in October 2021. So Google should stick to its traditional schedule and deploy its new operating system at the same time as it announces its new Pixels.

In the meantime, the public beta has been available since May 19, 2021. This non-final version of Android 12, announced during Google I / O, will evolve into the final version over the months. To take advantage of this, you must have a compatible smartphone and register for the Android beta program, which is open to everyone.

Which smartphones are compatible with Android 12?

As already mentioned, Android 12 is not immediately available for all smartphones. Unlike Apple, which controls the software and hardware completely, Google only controls the software.

Therefore, the deployment of Android 12 depends on the model of your smartphone. If you have a Pixel smartphone, you will be served first. Then each client follows their schedule. The best students in this area are those who use light supercuts like Asus, OnePlus or Vivo.

Some manufacturers are registered in the beta program and therefore now allow the installation of Android 12 beta. Few models are affected that should incorporate Android 12 from the first days of deployment.

Here is the full list of smartphones that are now compatible with Android 12 Beta (excluding models only available in Asia):

Google: Pixel 3 Pixel 3XL Pixel 3a Pixel 4 Pixel 4XL Pixel 4a Pixel 4a 5G Pixel 5 Asus: Nokia: OnePlus: Oppo: Realme: Xiaomi: Xiaomi Mi 11 Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 11i

How do I install Android 12?

Don’t run away, the days of hacking are over. Today installing Android is a breeze, even in beta. At the time of this writing, the final version of Android 12 is far from available.

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There are two solutions available to you: Either wait for the deployment from October. In this case, the update will be carried out automatically in OTA (Over The Air), or you can install the beta version (if your smartphone is part of the program). If you are one of the lucky ones, the process is extremely simple.

To install Android 12 in beta:

Go to the Android 12 beta site to register for the program. Choose the brand of your smartphone. Google recognizes your compatible smartphone. Click on “Activate”. On your smartphone, go to Settings> System> System Update. Your smartphone gives you the option to install the Android 12 beta

Easy easy.

Everything you need to know about Android 12 in 4 questions

When will Android 12 be released?

Android 12 will be available from October 2021. Google will announce its deployment at the same time as the launch of the new pixels. In the meantime, some models can already accommodate Android 12 in the beta version.

Which smartphones are compatible with Android 12?

The Pixels will be the first smartphones compatible with Android 12. Other brands like OnePlus, Xiaomi or Oppo should follow suit. The list of compatible smartphones can be found on the Android 12 website.

How do I install Android 12?

Android 12 will be installed directly on your smartphone as soon as it becomes available (unless you have chosen to install it manually). In the meantime, compatible models can already support Android 12 in beta. Installation takes place with two clicks on the dedicated site.

What’s new in Android 12?

The most important novelty of Android 12 is the design change with the new Material You interface. Google has also developed new navigation gestures and strengthened the confidentiality of personal data.

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