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When Is The Android 12 Release Date? The Rollout Begins
Android 12 is here, and you can download it on the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and other phones. It’s a fairly large update that offers a lot, including refreshed design language, no matter which Android phone you have; Material You theme choices on the Pixel; and new privacy options.
Naturally, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on it. The answer? It depends on which phone you have. Google and Samsung have been pretty quick with rollouts, while others are still testing beta releases. Most manufacturers have shared some sort of plan regarding Android 12, so read on to find out when to expect the update on your phone.
What phones will get Android 12?
All Pixel devices going back to the Pixel 3 will get Android 12 on launch day, along with some Android One partners. Android 11, Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi all participated in the betas and got the final release when it was available or very soon after. OnePlus also clarified that, despite merging codebase with Oppo, it still plans to release Oxygen OS 12 shortly after the Android 12 launch. It’s also been confirmed that Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi phones will get Android 12 later this year, though individual releases will be up to each manufacturer.
Google has released Android 12 for all Google Pixels dating back to the Pixel 3, though it comes later than last year. For the first time, Google didn’t do the expected and started the rollout for Pixels alongside the Android 12 source code drop. Instead, Android 12 was only made available for Google Pixels on October 19, alongside the launch of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. With Android 12 on Pixels, owners will get every single Android 12 feature advertised. This includes the Material You redesign, improved privacy and security options, and funky widgets. This will also be the last guaranteed software and security updates for the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, and 3a XL. Google will drop those phones from its guaranteed support lineup by May 2022.
Google Pixel phones that have Android 12
- Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 5a (5G)
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Samsung’s rollout of Android 12 and One UI 4 is going quicker than expected. On November 15, the company released the update first to the S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra. Shortly after, an update arrived to bring it to the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3.
“One UI 4 helps users create their own, optimized mobile experience because Samsung recognizes that everyone wants to meet their unique needs and preferences,” TM Roh, president and head of Samsung Electronics Mobile Communications Business, said in September. “As we’ve done with every iteration of our One UI, we’ve listened to our users to understand the tools and innovations needed to create a better, more reliable, and enhanced overall user experience.”
All users will find the security features Google included alongside enhanced customizing options that do essentially what Google’s Material You does — without technically being Material You. You can expect every A-series and S-series Samsung phone released in the past four years to eventually get One UI 4 and Android 12, though flagships will naturally take priority.
While Samsung has not yet shared a timeline for when its other smartphones can expect a release, it will be soon. The company’s press release announcing the S21’s update confirmed as much. Samsung also shared an upgrade plan for Android 12 and One UI 4 in the U.S. via its Samsung Members app.
Going off that, Samsung plans to roll out Android 12 and One UI to the S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, S20 Fan Edition (FE) Note 20-series, Note 10-series, Z Fold 2, and Z Flip 5G in January, with updates coming to older flagships, A-Series phones, and tablets through August 2022.
Samsung Galaxy Phones that have Android 12
- Samsung Galaxy S21, Samssung Galaxy S21 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, S20 Fan Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10 Plus, S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus, Note 10 Ultra, Note 10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Plus, Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, Z Fold 2
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A02s, A01, A11, A21, A12, A32 5G, A42 5G, A52, A52 5G, A51, A51 5G, A71 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7 Fan Edition, Tab S7, Tab S7 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Tab A7, Tab Active 3
- Galaxy X Cover Pro
Oppo has announced an Android 12 and Color OS 12 rollout that will come to over 100 Oppo phones throughout 2022. The Find X3 and OnePlus 9 (in China) will get the update first. The company will then roll it out to other popular high-end and midrange Oppo phones through the first half of 2022.
As per an Oppo timeline shared on Twitter, the update will come to the Oppo Find X2 pro and Oppo Find X2 starting December 22, 2021, in parts of Asia. The company did not share a European timeline, citing nebulous General Data Protection Regulation concerns.
— ColorOS (@colorosglobal) December 1, 2021
For OnePlus phones, the company has rolled out OxygenOS 12 to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. In the first half of 2022, it plans to bring the update to the OnePlus 9R, OnePlus 8T, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7, OnePlus Nord 2, OnePlus Nord CE, and OnePlus Nord.
Oppo phones that will get Android 12
- Oppo Find X2
- Oppo Reno Pro 5G
- Oppo Reno 6 5G
- Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G
- Oppo F19 Pro Plus
- Oppo A74 5G
OnePlus phones that have Android 12
- OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
OnePlus Phones that will get Android 12
- OnePlus 9R
- OnePlus 8T
- OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
- OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro
- OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro
- OnePlus Nord 2
- OnePlus Nord CE 5G
- OnePlus Nord
Xiaomi is working on MIUI 13, the next version of MIUI it plans to debut at the end of the year. This new operating system is expected to launch with the Xiaomi 12 in China and come with Android 12 onboard, though it’s not clear yet how Xiaomi will adapt Google’s changes to its own very different take on Android. While it has started testing Android 12 paired with MIUI 12.5 on its most recent phones, including the Xiaomi 11 and Xiaomi 11T, it’s not likely to roll out the update on any device without MIUI 13.
In China, at least, the company has announced that the Xiaomi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi 11 Pro, and the Xiaomi 11 would be first on the list for Xiaomi-branded phones, while the Redmi K40 and K40 Pro Plus would be the first Redmi-branded phones to get Android 12. Sleuths delving into MIUI 13 source code have confirmed these phones, and the Xiaomi Mix 4 and the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G are already being tested with MIUI 13.
Asus has announced plans for Android 12 on the Asus ZenFone 8, ZenFone 8 Flip, ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5S, Zenfone 7, and ROG Phone 3. These updates won’t come particularly quickly, with the Zenfone 8 series getting their stable updates in December, while the ROG Phone and ROG Phone 5S will get theirs from January to March 2022. The ROG Phone 3 and ZenFone 7 have their updates scheduled sometime in the first half of 2022.
Asus phones to get Android 12
- Asus ZenFone 8
- Asus Zenfone 8 Flip
- Asus ROG Phone 5
- Asus ROG Phone 5S
- Asus Zenfone 7
- Asus ROG Phone 3
Vivo has not yet announced a finalized Android 12 rollout, but the company has just shared the plan for beta updates of its Funtouch OS — at least in India. Flagships like the excellent Vivo X70 Pro+ topped the list for an update by November, with lower-tier phones getting it around April 2022. In China, the company will debut a new OriginOS Ocean interface on December 9, but it’s unlikely to roll this out to the rest of the world.
— Vivo India (@Vivo_India) October 21, 2021
Vivo Phones expected to get Android 12#
- Vivo X70 Pro, X70 Pro, X70 Pro Plus
- Vivo X60, X60 Pro, X60 Pro Plus
- Vivo X50, X50 Pro
- Vivo V20, V20 Pro, V20 SE, V21e, V20 2021, V21
- Vivo V17, V17 Pro
- Vivo S1, S1 Pro
- Vivo Y19, Y20, Y20i, Y20G, Y30, Y31, Y33s, Y51A, Y72 5G, Y73,
Realme has unveiled Realme UI 3.0, its own take on Android 12. Much like with MiUI and Color OS, you won’t find any Material You here. Instead, you’ll find the company redesigning its interface with what it calls “Fluid Space Design,” which refocuses on animation and careful use of white space.
Although Material You isn’t here, wallpaper color-themed customization is, and Realme’s theming engine will pick up colors from your wallpapers and apply them to system elements for a more cohesive experience. This won’t apply to third-party apps like Material You’s theming does, however. Finally, the new privacy features in Android 12, including the camera, microphone, and location permission changes, will be present.
The Realme GT 5G will be the first phone to get it, with the Realme X7 Max, Realme GT Neo 2 5G, Realme GT Master Edition, and Realme 8 Pro scheduled to pick it up by December. Older eligible devices will pick it up by Q2 2022 (between April and June).
Realme phones to get Android 12
- Realme GT 5G, Master Edition, Neo 2
- Realme X7 Max 5G, X7 Pro, X7 6G
- Realme 8, 8 5G, 8s 5G, 8i, 8 Pro
- Realme 7, 7 Pro
- realme X3, X3 SuperZoom
- Realme Narzo 30, 30 5G, 30 Pro 5G, 50A,
- Realme C25, C25S
Even as most Android phone makers on this list have promised Android 12 updates sooner or later, one that stands apart due to circumstance is LG. While it has made an exit from the smartphone business, the company did promise to update some of its flagship phones, including the LG Wing, the LG Velvet, V50, and G8, to Android 12 if possible. It’s not guaranteed, though a now-redirected South Korean listing indicated the company did plan to go as far as Android 13 at one point. It’s not clear how far along LG was in the process, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the company did end up providing more support than expected.
While HMD Global ships phones running stock Android, the company hasn’t been particularly speedy at rolling out these updates across its line. It’s a little better this time as it’s now rolling out Android 12 to the Nokia X20 in certain regions.
Nokia phones with Android 12
What about the rest?
Eventually, all high-end Android phones and most midrange phones from the past year or so should get Android 12, but it may take a while. After all, look at the Galaxy S20 series, which only got Android 11 starting in January, though Google finalized the OS in September. It’s pretty common for even flagship phones to get the next major software update months after it’s released by Google. This has been a long-standing problem with Android releases, though it’s certainly gotten better over time.
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