Android 12 is now out there for Pixel telephones

The ultimate model of Android 12 has been out there to builders and keen followers for just a few weeks on AOSP, however as we speak, it formally launched for individuals who wish to simply choose up the replace over the air. It’s out there to put in proper now on Pixel 3 and up, together with the Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G, the Pixel 5, and the Pixel 5A. It’ll launch on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional, as nicely. Android 12 will probably be coming later this yr to Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi units.

Essentially the most noticeable characteristic in Android 12 is the brand new Materials You design, which helps you to go a little bit deeper to tweak the look of the homescreen to your liking. It’s extra expressive than earlier variations of Android, with instruments to allow you to coordinate colours that may lengthen throughout app icons, pull-down menus, widgets, and extra. Talking of widgets, a lot of these have been up to date to match the brand new look, and Google shared as we speak that by the top of October, it plans to have over a dozen new or refreshed widgets out there for its first-party apps.

Android 12 running on Pixel 6

A have a look at a few of the new widgets made for Android 12.
Picture: Google

There are many different options in Android 12, and you’ll learn extra about them in my assessment of the software program. Google additionally revealed a weblog that goes deep on the options you’ll be capable to expertise. However should you’re primarily desirous about Materials You, it is best to know that Google says it’s a “Pixel-first” characteristic, although it will likely be coming to “extra gadget makers and telephones quickly.”

It’s doubtless that Pixel telephones will obtain a number of extra “Pixel-first” options sooner or later with Android 12. For the previous couple of years, Google has launched characteristic drops that make it a little bit sweeter to be a Pixel person. A number of the options solely work on newer Pixel telephones, although, in order that’s all of the extra motive to think about selecting up the brand new Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Professional. Google shared throughout its {hardware} occasion that these telephones will get a minimal of 5 years of assist, which is spectacular.

To get the replace, head to your Pixel cellphone’s settings app, click on “System,” then discover “System replace” and click on into it.


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