While announcing Android 12 on Google I / O, the company also confirmed that the first public beta is available for download with almost immediate effect.
Android users rocking handsets from Pixel owners as well as 11 other manufacturers will be able to test new designs, better privacy controls and better synergy with other Google devices.
The beta will be updated throughout the summer before the full possibility of the Pixel 6 handset to be launched later this year and a comprehensive rollout on the best Android phones.
Right now companies like Samsung, Motorola and Sony are not providing beta for their devices and those participating are doing so only on limited devices.
Naturally, Google Pixel owners are at the forefront of the queue and everything from the Pixel 3 and above is invited to the party (including the XL and ‘A’ variants). However, a group of other device manufacturers including ASUS, OnePlus, Oppo and ZTE are also joining in the fun. There may be more, but these are tools that are initially capable of beta download:
- Asus Zenfone 8
- OnePlus 9/9 Pro
- Oppo Find X3 Pro
- Reality GT
- Sharp (unspecified device at this point)
- Techno Camon 17
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- Vivo iQOO 7 legend
- Xiaomi Mi 11, MI 11 Ultra, Mi 11I and Mi 11X Pro
- ZTE Exon 30 Ultra 5G
How to install android 12 beta 1
If your Android device is eligible for an update, you will be notified by logging into your Google account. Android beta program Web Page. Those who have previously enrolled in Android 11 version will need to do so again for this year’s update.
- Once you see a qualified device listed on the webpage, you can select “Opt-in”.
- Next you will see some terms and conditions that you must accept to proceed. Press “Join Beta” to confirm.
- From here, you have to go to your phone (if you are not already there) and browse to Settings> System> Advanced> System Update> Check for update.
- Here you should see Android 12 Beta 1 waiting for your sample, but it may take a little longer to appear, so keep checking it over the next few hours to be displayed.
Google warns that the beta will be slightly more prone to bugs than the stable consumer version, so recommends installing only on a secondary device. If you need to install on your primary phone, make sure that you have already backed up.