Android 12 has already started to arrive, and while the first compatible devices begin to receive it, we bring you all the information regarding this new update. Thus, if you are not clear about something related to it, we will try to solve all your doubts with the mentality of Engadget Basics, even if they are simple questions.
Therefore, we will begin to talk to you about the minimum requirements or what you will need to be able to install the update. Then, we will tell you the compatible mobiles, and we will tell you what are the main news that will attract Android 12. Finally, we will briefly remind you how to update.
What minimum requirements does Android 12 have
If you want to be able to have Android 12 on your mobile, you will need to meet a series of requirements. They are exactly the same as with any version of Android that has been released previously, but we will repeat them for all those users who may not have knowledge or have never read about it.
The first thing you should know is that you will need a mobile that will be compatible with this version. The models to be updated always depend on each manufacturer. What Google does is release the source code of the operating system and take care after adapting it to the mobiles that they manufacture and updating them. Then, each manufacturer has to take this source code and adapt it to their own mobiles.
This means that the Android versions do not have a series of minimum requirements like Windows, that if your mobile meets them you can install it. Even if you have a perfectly capable mobile, if the company that made it does not want to adapt Android to that model, then you will not be able to receive it officially.
Evidently, If your mobile has not updated to Android 11 it will not update to Android 12, because your manufacturer will have already abandoned the device in terms of operating system updates. You will also need to have a Google account linked to your mobile, since it is the operating system’s requirement to be able to download content.
Which mobiles will be compatible with Android 12
There is still no definitive list of mobiles that will update to Android 12. Therefore, officially, the only phones that we know that will update to Android 12 are those that have been able to install the Android 12 beta.
But let’s start with the list of Google Pixel phones that receive Android 12, which are the ones who have already begun to receive it. They are not all the Pixels that have been manufactured, but there are some that have a few years behind them. This is the list:
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
In addition to these phones, these are the rest of the phones that are also known to receive Android 12, because they have participated in its beta:
- ASUS Zenfone 8
- Redmi K30 Pro / Zoom / POCO F2 Pro
- Redmi Note 10 Pro / Pro Max
- Redmi 10
- Redmi Note 8 (2021)
- OPPO Find X3 Pro
- POCO X3 Pro
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- I live iQOO 7Legend
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 4
- Xiaomi 11T Pro
- Xiaomi 11X / POCO F3 / Redmi K40
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G / 5G / NE
- Xiaomi Mi 10S
- Xiaomi Mi 10 / Pro / Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 10T / 10T Pro / Redmi K30S Ultra
- Xiaomi Pad 5 / Pro /5G
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
In addition to these listed devices, hopefully major manufacturers update their latest flagships, such as Samsung, OnePlus or Sony. Of course, both the mobiles on the list and those that can update the rest, each manufacturer will have its own rhythm update on each of the devices you decide to update.
Now, we are going to tell you in summary what are the main novelties of Android 12, so that you know what you are going to find when the update arrives. Keep in mind that some of these news may not be received or received in a different way, as it will depend on the customization layer of each manufacturer.
- Material You: The native version of Android has a completely new interface design. It looks very pretty and colorful, and the apps adapt to the colors of the wallpaper. Here, as we have said, if the manufacturer of your mobile has a customization layer with its own design, it is possible that it does not implement Material You.
- Redesigned widgets: Google has also redesigned all of its own widgets to adopt the same design as Material You. The rest of the widgets of each app will depend on whether its developers decide to adapt them or not.
- Application launch splash screens: Applications will start to show a home screen when opened, by default with its icon, but other things can be used. This screen will appear while content is loading.
- Performance improvement: CPU time used by central system services is reduced by 22%. The use of large cores is reduced by 15%, making apps open faster.
- Privacy Dashboard: New privacy panel in settings, where you can see when an app accesses the microphone, camera and location data.
- Microphone and camera indicators: Will appear when an application is accessing the microphone or camera.
- Microphone and camera toggle: In the quick settings you can disable access to the camera and microphone in all apps.
- Approximate location: You can do that instead of giving your precise location to an app, you only give it the approximate one so that it does not know exactly where you are.
- Nearby device permissions: Now you will have a new permission to decide if you want to detect nearby devices without activating the location permission.
How to update to Android 12
To update to Android 12, the first thing is to wait for the manufacturer of your mobile phone to send the update. Once that is fixed, go into the settings and go to the section of System, which is where the information related to the mobile appears.
Within the options System, you have to go almost all the way down and click on the option Upgrade system. This option may be hidden in the dropdown Advanced within System. And if you can’t find it, you can use the search engines in the settings to find this option by typing its name.
Once you are within the options of Upgrade system, you have to look for new updates until you see Android 12. Remember that these updates do not begin to reach all mobile phones at the same time, and that those who are not Google mobile phones may still take several months, since it depends on each manufacturer.
If the update stops because you are using your mobile, on the update screen you will have the button Resume to force it. In some cases you may need to apply some other pending updates first. When the download is finished, click on the button Restart now for Android to restart and install the new version of the operating system.