Android 12, Google’s latest version of its mobile operating system, is just around the corner. With her comes one of the. In fact, Google expects the software to be the fastest, smoothest, and flashiest version yet.
So when can you officially get your hands on this Android 12 goodness? At present, it is in the late stages of beta development. While Google hasn’t announced an official release date, we expect Android 12 to release in August or September depending on the release times of previous versions.
The big question is whether your phone will actually receive the massive update. At launch, only a few selected models will. And to qualify for an upgrade at a later date, each handset must meet the hardware requirements. So, if you want to enjoy Android 12 on your own phone, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything we know about how it’s likely to play out.
The power to perform
According to Google, to get the most out of Android 12, a device should be called a “performance class.” Specifically, for Android 12, a handset requires a minimum qualification of “performance class 12”. According to Google, a performance class “defines a set of capabilities of the device that goes beyond the basic requirements of Android.”
However, performance class 12 will not necessarily exclude “performance class 11” devices to run Android 12. Owners of performance class 11 Android phones can, in theory, install Android 12 – they just won’t see it. not all operating system features available. Google has also announced that it will release performance class 11 requirements when Android 12 is released.
Google will put pixels first
Perhaps the biggest perk of buying a Google Pixel phone is the promise of timely updates. Google is committed to providing three years of Android operating system updates for every Pixel phone. The countdown starts from when each device goes on sale on the Google Store.
This means that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, unveiled in 2018, are the oldest Pixel phones capable of getting Android 12. All new Google phones are also eligible, including the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.
The details of the rollout of Android 12 to Samsung handsets are not so clear. Android 11 arrived on Samsung phones in December as part of UI Update 3. Samsung products currently capable of running UI 3 include the Galaxy S21 line, Galaxy S20 line, Galaxy Note 20 range, Z Fold2, Z Flip and Note10, Fold and S10 series.
Using this timeline and precedent as a guide, it’s fair to say that we can expect UI 4 (with Android 12) to hit the same premium Galaxy and Note phones in December 2021.
Other high-end phones
Similar to the beta of Android 12, we expect a large number of high-performance handsets to receive Android 12 updates in addition to Samsung. According to the GetDroidTips website, the indicative list includes devices from LG, Motorola, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Xiaomi, Vivo, Sony and Asus.
The Android 12 beta program is available for a bunch of premium phones like OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, Asus Zenfone 8, Oppo Find X3 Pro, and TCL 20 Pro 5G, to name a few.