Android 12 Beta: Features & Installation Guide
The one major difference between Android and iOS mobile devices has been ‘Personalization’. Android offers you the luxury of choosing your device and designs and create an experience that is suitable for you. Due to the freedom Android invites to our smartphones it has become a humungous family of 3 billion active devices around the globe. Android 12 beta 1 adds on to everything you love about Android and more. Due to such a substantial user base, the smallest of changes in the OS can affect millions of users. We being an Android app development company are truly excited to learn the changes this new development will bring about in our lives. Here’s a blog that brings you the upgrades that Android 12 will introduce us to.
Android 12 Beta 1: Overview
Google got over the desert-themed names with Android 10. Though what you might not know is that Google uses its deserted-theme base nomenclature with its internal codebase.
Consequently, Android 10 was internally known by the name, Quince Tart, Android 11 as Red Velvet Cake, while Android 12 will internally be known as Snow Cone.
There’s no fixed date on which Google will release Android 12. But the tentative timeline that it will follow has started from February 2021. The process will start from developer previews, beta releases and move on to stable releases.
Let’s catch a glimpse of the various stages of development.
Android 12 Developer Preview:
The developer preview for Android 12 was released on February 18, 2021. Google started by addressing several issues and bug fixes that users might’ve been facing with the first developer preview build.
The Android 12 developer preview 2 was released on March 17, 2021, while the Android 12 developer preview 3 went live on April 21, 2021. The developer preview permits the programmers to start with the platform migration and start the adaptation process for their apps. Goggle will highlight the major changes in the previews to give a hint to the Android ecosystem of what they should expect.
Developer previews are not designed for average users as they are unstable. Google can very well remove the features that it doesn’t seem fit for the platform. Hence, a feature that you see in the first review can very well be missing in the ones that follow. The Google Pixel devices also don’t receive Developer Previews.
Android 12 Beta:
Android 12 Beta was one of the most awaited announcements of the Google I/O 2021 events. The beta release would serve as an enhanced version of the developer phase and be a trailer for the final product. There can be other unprecedented releases in the Beta phase, to fix critical bugs.
The beta update will be made available to Google Pixel devices and many other devices in the form of a GSI. OEMs have agreed to the same and one can flash Android 12 Beta 1 on the below-mentioned devices.
Devices that will support Android 12 Beta 1:
- iQOO 7 Legend
- One Plus 9/ 9 Pro
- OPPO Find X3 Pro
- Realme GT
- Xiaomi Mi 11/ Mi 11 Ultra/ Mi Ultra Pro
- Asus ZenFone 8
- Xiaomi Mi 11x Pro/ Mi 11i/ Redmi K40 Pro+
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
The beta build would be based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The OEMs can eventually migrate their skins to the Android 12 beta version. Later they can begin their own “Preview” programs.
Android 12 Beta 1 with Platform Stability:
Android 12 Release Candidate:
Android 12 Stable:
Features of Android 12:
From colors and shapes to motion and light, Google’s latest Android version has recalibrated everything. This will account for a more dynamic, personal, and expressive user experience. Here are some of the rethought features.
#2 Animations & Fluid Motions:
#3 Redesigning System Spaces:
#4 Security & Privatization:
#5 Additional Privacy:
#6 Google Maps:
#7 Google Photos:
How to Download Android 12 Beta?
The easiest way to update your phone with the Android 12 Beta version is by enrolling in the Android Beta Program.
You can search for the “Android Beta Program” on Google. The next step would be to visit the Android Beta portal and opt-in to Beta. You can then look for eligible devices. Selecting your eligible device would prompt Google to send your tablet or phone an over-the-air update.
Your phone will then receive the latest beta and then an OTA for the final version, or it will receive the final version of Android Q.
- Go to the Android Beta portal on your phone.
- Sign in with your Google account.
- Search for your eligible device.
- Once you fix the device you want to enroll in the Beta program tap Opt-in.
- Follow the suggestions on your phone to initiate the over-the-air download.
Install Android 12 using the Android Flash Tool:
This is another way of using the Android Flash Tool. This is a web-based version of the ADB tool that helps install Android 12 beta on your phone.
- Visit the Android Flash Tool site.
- Give the necessary permissions to the site to access ADB in your browser.
- Go to your phone and enable Developer Mode.
- Turn on USB debugging in your developer settings.
- Enable OEM Unlocking on your phone.
- Using a USB port plug in your phone on your computer.
- Select your device and follow the instructions to install Android 12 Beta.
How can I Leave the Beta Program?
It’s very easy to opt out of the beta program. You have to visit the same Android Beta Portal that you did when you enrolled. Find your eligible device and opt-out.
As per Google’s guidelines, you can at anytime switch to the public version of Android. But remember that if you opt-out when your device is functioning on the beta version, it will wipe out all your user data. If you choose to stay till the end of the program, then you will receive an OTA update of the Android 12 stable version and you won’t lose any of your data.
This was all on the Android 12 Beta release. As Google is yet to announce the final release date of Android 12 you can make the best of the Beta version if you’re too excited by the idea of using the latest Android version.
We being a mobile app development company keenly await the upgrades Android 12 will introduce to our smartphones. Follow our blog for regular updates on web and mobile app development technologies, Industry 4.0 techs, and other news related to the IT world. Thank you for reading.
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