Google I/O 2021 pulls Android 12 Beta out: Check Eligible Devices

Google has officially unveiled the public preview of Android 12 Beta, which was flashed at the ongoing I/O 2021 conference.

Google has officially unveiled the public preview of Android 12 Beta, which was flashed at the ongoing I/O 2021 conference.

Google has officially unveiled the public preview of Android 12 Beta, which was flashed at the ongoing I/O 2021 conference. Android 12 was put forward with a complete design revamp, a refurbished user interface, and more focus on privacy. It has a new interface based on the design language “Material You” which is highly customizable. The public beta release gives users a glimpse of privacy settings that Google is proposing to your smartphones with the latest versions of the operating system.

Google acquired the first developer preview of Android 12 in February 2021, it was limited to Google Pixel phones until now. The Pixel phones from the Pixel 3 series onwards are eligible for the Android 12 beta update. All you are required to do is to enroll your device from the Android 12 Beta site. After successful enrollment, you will be eligible to download it on your Pixel phone. To check its availability manually, go to Settings> System> System Update> Check for Update. Devices from Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Tecno, Sharp, TCL, Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme, and ZTE, other than Pixel phones, are a part of the Android 12 Developer Preview program. To check the installation process of the first public Android 12 Beta on any of these phones, go to the manufacturing links available on the Android Developers Site.

Android 12 Features are All New

Android 12 is all different with a brand-new interface that can be personalized with a custom color palette and a new gimmick that can be resized with much greater flexibility. An amazing feature named ‘Color Extraction’ allows the system to automatically determine which colors are dominant, which color looks great and which ones are complimentary from a picture (that you may have clicked) used on your wallpaper. Not just this, you can also apply the color from the wallpaper to the entire interface! Isn’t it already exciting? Imagine having a device where elements like volume controls, notification shade, the lock screen, and widgets are all aligned to complement your wallpaper.

Google makes using your smartphone more vibrant with fluid motions and animations being included in the new interface of Android 12. You’ll be given an exciting welcome treat when you unlock your screen. The widget design has been revamped allowing developers to offer interactive controls such as checkboxes, switches, and radio buttons to their widgets. The key interface-level changes are based on an upgrade to the existing ‘Material Design’ language, called ‘Material You’. It aims at bringing a fused experience across all the Google Apps and services over time.

Android 12 comes with smoother audio transitions that will be available between the apps to fend them off from playing over each other. You will also observe a system-wide stretch overscroll effect once you scroll past the available content. Android 12 has got all new with redesigned system spaces such as the notification shade, quick settings, and the power button. The quick settings panel now has additional controls to let you adjust system settings to a larger extent while the notification shade has become more instinctive. The power button has been enabled to invoke Google Assistant on a long press.

While having focused the most on privacy settings, Android 12 offers additional transparency around which apps are accessing your data and to what extent. You’ll be given absolute controls to make informed decisions on how much private information an app can access. The new privacy dashboard sets forth about the permission settings and what data is being accessed, by which app, and how often. You can also revoke permissions given to the apps right from the dashboard.

Is Android 12 Beta a replica of iOS 14?

Most of the features and changes discussed above must have resonated with you if you’ve used an iPhone with iOS 14 or later versions. Apart from already mentioned features, similar to iOS 14, Google added a new indicator that pops up on the top-right corner of the screen if any of the installed apps are accessing your smartphone’s camera or microphone. Just like iOS 14 approximate location settings, Android 12 with its new approximate location permission lets you decide if you want to share a near-close or a precise location with the existing apps.

Apart from this, Google introduced Android 12 with an app hibernation feature, just like iOS 14, that necessarily hibernates the apps that are not being used for a while. This helps to optimize device storage and performance.
With such vital similarity in the features of both the OS, it can be concluded that Android 12 has been designed being inspired by iOS 14.

Devices Compatible with Android 12

OnePlus 9/9 Pro: Android 12 Beta is now live for OnePlus users. If you own the OnePlus 9/9 Pro, you can have an early glimpse of the update by visiting the developer preview of Android 12 on the OnePlus website. Since it is early access, we would not suggest you install it on the primary device because of the possibility of bugs and software issues.

Oppo and Vivo iQOO: For oppo, the developer build is available for Find X3 Pro whereas iQOO 7Legend is the only eligible device for Vivo.

Xiaomi: Android 12 Beta will require Xiaomi users to flash the preview build and only then they’ll be able to use it.

Realme: Android 12 Beta will touch RealmeGT first.

Asus: Asus is bringing the Android 12 Beta program to Zenfone 8 as their introduction to the new update.

TECNO: Along with the other brands, TECNO is getting Android 12 for its Camon 17.
Other than these brands, smartphones from TCL, ZTE, and Sharp are also bringing up the Android 12 for their devices.

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