How to Download Android 12 on Your Device

Android 12 is now available and can be downloaded on several phones. If you have a compatible Google Pixel device, you can check and update your Android version to receive Android 12 wirelessly. For other devices, the update to Android 12 is available in the form of beta or stable versions. In this article, we'll tell you which devices are compatible with Android 12 and how to get it. Google launched Android 12 on Tuesday during its Pixel launch event.

The new operating system includes several new features and changes, as well as new privacy tools. The most notable update is a new design that completely changes the look of Android, called Material You. Android 12 will arrive on Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo and Xiaomi smartphones later this year. In addition to compatible Google Pixel devices, Android 12 as a main version is also available on a wide range of devices from different OEMs. The update to Android 12 is more of a step than a leap, but here are some important improvements.

Android generic system image (GSI) binary files are available to developers for application testing and validation purposes on devices compatible with Treble. If you need to flash your device manually for some other reason, you can get an image of your device's Android 12 system on the Pixel download page. The first beta version doesn't offer us any major feature additions, and considering that Google revised the user interface with Material You last year in Android 12, Android 13 is likely to focus more on new features related to security and privacy rather than a total change in the user interface. Just visit the Android beta portal and sign up for the beta version, which will then ask Google to send a wireless update to your phone or tablet. Google has indicated that there will be four beta versions of Android 13, with a new beta that will be released monthly until July.

Now you can also start playing some games when they have only been partially downloaded, instead of having to wait for the full download to complete, just like on PS5 and Xbox Series X.Google has added AppSearch in Android 12; this search engine on the device can search for indexed content in applications and other content on your phone, such as Spotlight Search on iPhones. Be sure to select a device definition for a compatible Pixel device and an image of the 64-bit Android 13 emulator system. If you're the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL, then you may have the opportunity to try the latest version of Android right now. Material You is the first feature exclusive to Pixel, but will be implemented in the broader Android ecosystem over the next year. You can easily unsubscribe from the beta program by accessing the same Android beta portal where you signed up, scrolling down to your device and tapping Exclude. But before we start downloading Android 12 on your device, keep in mind that this method will involve deleting all the data on your phone; if you don't want to do this, use the Flash tool above and download the beta version of Android 13 instead.

You can use these images to troubleshoot any compatibility issues with Android 12, as well as to detect and report issues with the operating system and framework.

Paul Phommajack
Paul Phommajack

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