When is Android 12 coming to your phone? All we know


Recent Google Pixel phones like the Pixel 5 already have Android 12.

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Android 12 debuted in late 2021, but many other phones currently running Android 11 are still eagerly awaiting Google’s latest operating system. Google’s Pixel phones were the first to participate in the Android 12 night, getting a big redesign to its visual design and useful features like better privacy.

Following his arrival at Google Pixel 3 line, Pixel 4 line, Pixel 5 and 5A, as well as shipping directly to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Android 12 is also on its way to phones from Samsung, OnePlus and more. For most Android phones released in the last few years, the main question is when Android 12 will arrive and not if, especially since software and security support only grows after the release of a phone. Samsung, for example, is promising at least four years of security support for phones released in 2019 and beyond.

Android 12 won’t be reserved for high-end phones either, as cheaper entry-level phones can receive Android 12 GB Edition which will include several speed and security improvements.

On the other hand, Android phone users who like to live on the cutting edge of software updates may also have the option to test their manufacturer’s Android 12 update in early beta form.

So with that, let’s put together everything we know so far about the rollout of Android 12 and when it should be arriving on your phone.

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Most Google Pixel phones now have Android 12

Perhaps the biggest perk of buying a Google Pixel phone is the promise of timely updates. You can experience Android 12 right now if you own the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which were unveiled in 2018, as well as the new Google handsets, including the Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4A. (5G) and Pixel 5. As mentioned before, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro come with Android 12.

Unfortunately, anyone who keeps the original Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL no longer receives software and security updates. Android 12 is also the last expected software update for the Pixel 3 and 3A line of phones. Hanging on to the Pixel 2016 and the Pixel XL has a big advantage to mention: Unlimited cloud photo uploads to Google Photos in original quality for the lifetime of the device.

However, if you absolutely must install Android 12 on a Pixel phone that is no longer receiving software support, you can (at your own risk) try the Android 12 community versions. ‘Android 12 for the Pixel 2, but expect plenty of bugs and the ability to brick the phone by tinkering this way. A nice perk of Android is having this kind of customization available, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is now equipped with Android 12.

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Samsung’s One UI 4 with Android 12 rollout has started

Samsung has started rolling out Android 12, which includes its One UI 4 customization, starting with many devices in its 2021 phone line. This includes the Galaxy s21 series, the Galaxy z fold 3 and the Galaxy z flip 3. the Galaxy A13, Samsung’s low-end $ 250 5G phone released earlier this month, comes with Android 11 built in.

For other Galaxy phones released in 2020 and before, the timeline varies for possible update to Android 12 and One UI 4. Many phones from the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10 lines can register. to try Samsung. Android 12 beta, with a release slated for these phones in early 2022. Samsung’s Z Fold and Z Flip 2 are also part of the current beta. 9to5Google has a preview of the beta program, which involves logging into the Samsung Members app with a Samsung account to verify eligibility.

Another clue about the Android 12 rollout may have come from a community manager on Samsung’s support forums, who posted an Android 12 timeline alleging that the update is expected as early as January 2022. for Galaxy S20 and S10. Mid-range models like the Galaxy A52 would follow in February, the Galaxy A32 in April, through to the low-end Galaxy A12 and A03S receiving updates in July. Since this is coming from the Samsung forums, we would take the timeline with a grain of salt until the official announcements arrive. We have reached out to Samsung regarding the veracity of the post as well as further confirmation of its Android 12 update plans.

The Android 12 update for the OnePlus 9 Pro appears to be delayed.

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OnePlus phones’ Android 12 bump postponed

OnePlus had planned to roll out its Android 12 update with its custom OxygenOS 12 to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, but appears to have encountered an issue. The update was initially rolled out to phones earlier this month, but following reports that the software was riddled with bugs, the update was later withdrawn, reports Android Police. We’ve reached out to OnePlus to check on the status of the Android 12 update and its plans to update previous OnePlus phones, and will update this article when it becomes available.

In general, OnePlus typically offers around three years of support for its devices, with the manufacturer providing an Android 11 update to their device this year. OnePlus 6 line from 2018 and the OnePlus 7 line from 2019.

OnePlus is also in full swing uniting its operating system development with parent company Oppo. The company announced in September that this merged operating system that incorporates OnePlus ‘OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS will debut in 2022 on OnePlus’ next phone. While we don’t have any details on this upcoming phone just yet, it would be the OnePlus 10 lineup consisting of a OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro.

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The Motorola Edge 2021 is among the Motorola phones equipped with Android 12 in 2022.

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Motorola’s My UX with Android 12 getting ready for 2022

Motorola revealed in a blog post on Tuesday that several of its 2020 and 2021 Android phones will upgrade to Android 12 from February 2022. This includes the Motorola Edge which debuted this year, the Moto Razr 5G and the 2020 edition of the Moto Razr. The blog post details several of the Android 12 features the phone will adopt, such as customizable system colors and improved privacy controls, which are combined with design cues from Motorola’s My UX.

Other high-end phones

Many other Android phones released in 2020 and 2021 are likely queued up to receive the update to Android 12 during 2022. If your favorite Android phone maker isn’t included in this list, please do so. Let us know in the comments and we may add those details in future updates.

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