These Google Pixel phones are eligible for Android 12 update

Android 12 update starts rolling out to eligible Google Pixel smartphones.

Highlights
  • Google releases stable build of Android 12 for Pixel phones.
  • Pixel smartphones from Pixel 3 onwards will receive the Android 12 update.
  • Android 12 brings Material You design and more.

Yesterday, Google announced the much-awaited Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. At the same event, the company also announced the stable release of the new iteration of Android, the Android 12. The stable release comes after three developer previews, five beta builds and an AOSP release. Android 12 will be compatible with Google Pixel 3 and above smartphones. The new version of Android brings a major visual revamp with Material You design language and some privacy and security additions to the Android.

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List of Android 12 compatible Pixel models

  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a 5G
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a
Note: Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will ship with Android 12 out of the box.

To check for the Android 12 update head over to Settings > System Update.

Android 12 features

Android 12

Android 12 brings the new material design dubbed Material You to the Android. The Material You features big, bubbly buttons, shifting colours, and smoother animations. With Material You, Android 12 will be more personalised and expressive. The Material You allows Android 12 to shift the colour palette based on the wallpapers dynamically. Google says, “Based on the wallpaper you choose, the system will automatically determine which colours are dominant and apply them across the entire OS: the notification shade, the lock screen, the volume controls, new widgets and much more,” in its blog. Further, the Android 12 brings more changes to the animations and overall design of the Android.

The new iteration of Android also improves on the security and privacy front. The Android 12 adds a new privacy dashboard that offers a single view of permissions settings and gives users an option to revoke the permission. There’s also a new privacy indicator that shows up if some app is accessing your camera or microphone. It also approximate location permissions and Privacy Compute Core.