06 October 2021
Google has "officially" released Android 12 by pushing the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This is for the first time in a long time that a new major Android version is available for AOSP but not for smartphones including the Pixel series. It says that the much-awaited version will land on Pixel devices in the next few weeks followed by other OEM devices later this year.
In the announcement post, Google revealed that over 250,000 different beta testers helped the development team get Android 12 ready for prime time. It received about 50,000 issue reports from testers which were looked at and fixed. There were also many articles, discussions, surveys, and in-person meetings that helped fine-tune everything.
As and when Android 12 becomes available for smartphones, it will first arrive on Pixel devices. These include Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a. Google also has Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro lined up for launch in the coming weeks. These flagships will boot the new Android version out of the box. Android 12 will also land on devices from other OEMs like Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi by the end of the year.
The main talking point of Android 12 is the newly introduced Material You design language. It brings a complete overhaul to the way Android looks and feels. The color schemes, widgets, themes, wallpapers, etc all have undergone a major revamp and are now much more eye-pleasing. And as one would expect, there are improvements related to performance and user privacy.