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Android 12 – release date and compatible models: all the information about it

26 mayo, 2021

The official launch of Android 12 is more and more closely, as the details that the operating system exhibits in its previous versions for developers are polished. It is a new version of Android without surnames but that does not mean that it does not have an associated dessert. As a hidden game reveals to us, for Android 12 we have a hailstorm in a paper cone, or a cone of crushed ice.

Google’s new mobile operating system, which is already in its third preview version for developers, was unveiled almost a month ago and begins its slow arrival on the market for a final landing around the month of August. We start collecting all available information about it through its betas in this article that we will constantly update.

What mobiles are going to be updated to Android 12?

Pixel 4a

Android 12 is not official and no manufacturer has ruled as to which models in its catalog will be updated to the new version, although we do have some guaranteed models: Google’s own Pixels. By release date, the guaranteed Android 12 Pixel phones will be as follows:

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In addition to the Google Pixel, we can already confirm that Android 12 will receive each mobile included in its beta program. We can consult the list from the Google website to extract the models indicated on the platform. We leave you the list below:

What cake name will Android 12 have?


As we have said before, Google has already distanced itself from the names of desserts or cakes in each version of its operating system, although it hides them inside in the form of mini-games. Android will be ‘Snow Cone ‘So, we could have had an ‘Android 12 Snow Cone’ if we had followed the dessert trend. A shame.

What design changes will Android 12 bring?

Material You

Android 12 is preparing to incorporate various novelties in different areas of the system, although the most striking will be, as usual, the change in the graphic section. Android 12 will have a new design in the form of themes for its interface and the one already presented will be incorporated ‘Material You ‘, a new design style that reformats almost the entire system and introduces configurable themes from the desktop background.

The arrival of Material You to Android 12 will also change the transitions in the system, the screen ‘Always on Display’ and the lock screen of the terminals. Also all native system widgets are redesigned and it seems that we will have home screens for apps that do not come standard, we will see how they are generated when we can see them in operation.

Topics Themes with color patterns based on the system desktop background.

The quick settings of the system will also undergo changes, dividing into two columns, and we will have an even thicker brightness adjustment bar, to facilitate their interaction. A new setting focused on system accessibility that will also target users with vision problems.


The rotation of the screen will also be alternated with this new evolution of the operating system, becoming intelligent in order to prevent the mobile from rotating the screen when it should not. It is speculated that the front camera of the phone will be used to know what the position of our face is and that this way the content of the screen is always oriented correctly.

Animations for bubbles and improved transitions

Notification bubbles in apps will also undergo changes and is that Android 12 prepares animations for them. We would no longer have only a static bubble on the screen from the first moment, but the system would indicate the news with an animation that for now has not been filtered. The transitions in the bubbles themselves will also be smoothed to make everything more aesthetic and fluid.

What new features will Android 12 incorporate?


We can start talking about ‘App Pairs’, one of the first functionalities filtered for Android 12 and that will have to do with the use of split screen applications. In principle, it will be possible set two apps to always open together and share space and we don’t have to activate the split screen every time. If we want to always open YouTube and Twitter at the same time, we can do it.


PiP or ‘Picture in Picture’ mode Android 12 will be different from the current one, Android 11. With this mode we can continue to watch internal videos of the apps in any other part of the system, keeping the app open in the background and the video in front of us. With the new changes we will be able to change the size of this video with a touch or a double touch, in addition to being able to hide these videos temporarily on the side, even if they remain with the sound active.


With Android 12 will also arrive ‘Game Manager ‘, a new mode for native games of the system like the one we have already seen in other manufacturers, such as Game Booster and others. The mode will consist of a system API so that the apps can access certain mobile settings whenever we are playing.

Android 12 will update emojis and system fonts from Google Play, speeding up the process

Another internal Android change is that the emoji packs will be updated directly from Google Play, without having to wait for the entire system to update and advance the version. This same it will also happen with the system fonts. This way, designs can be unified between different versions of Android. A new vibration mode for controls is also expected.


User safety It has been at the center of Google’s movements for some time, and everything indicates that in Android 12 we will have some kind of firewall incorporated natively into the system. It will also allow easier use of other app stores other than Google Play, in addition to strengthening the payment system in the own store.

When will Android 12 and its beta program be released?

We hope that the presentation of Android 12 will take place in this same month of February and that is not officially released until next September, the date the previous version was released: Android 11. The planning of its program for versions for developers and public beta versions is different.

If you look at the calendar For developer versions (Developer Preview) and beta versions of Android 11, the Android 12 schedule should look like this:

  • February: presentation and first version for developers. Already released.
  • March: second version for developers. Already released.
  • April: third version for developers. Already released.
  • May: first beta version. Already released.
  • June: second beta version
  • August September: third beta version
  • September: final version.

Android 12 Developer Preview 1

Version 1 of the pre-beta program, known as Developer Preview, has already been released. It was expected for February and in February it has arrived, we leave you here the instructions for its installation. Among the novelties that arrive with this first preview version we find the following:

We tested Android 12 Preview: a big leap in customization with notable improvements in aesthetics

  • Samesite Cookies for safer browsing that also restricts, through the WebView, access to the phone’s MAC to third-party apps.
  • HEVC to ANC converter for apps that do not support this video format natively.
  • Support for AVIF images, lighter than JPG.
  • Embed rich content in apps that now support drag and drop, copied content, keyboard insertions, etc.
  • Haptic sound effects in which the vibration motor intervenes in the multimedia experience.
  • Multi-channel and spatial audio to support up to 24 channels of sound.
  • Improved gesture navigation thanks to a new API that makes them easier.
  • Improved notifications with a more modern and functional design, which also includes new animations. Responsiveness is also improved by blocking third-party apps that interfere with the system.
  • Improved compatibility with apps and various changes, such as the update of the Android Runtime (ART) from Google Play, thus speeding up the correction of errors and the arrival of improvements.

Android 12 Developer Preview 2

A month after the release of the developer version that triggered Android 12, we have the second one in hand and some interesting new features are introduced from the graphic and functional section, and also for developers to improve their applications. We summarize it here:

  • One hand mode: Included in the code of the DP1, the one-hand mode is finally introduced in the DP2, we explain here how it works.
  • Improved PiP mode: now with the possibility of hiding the window on the sides and responding to gestures.
  • Improved lock screen– Audio playback controls are adjusted to system theme, pin input is minimized, and unlock pattern is made clearer.
  • Less dark dark mode: we go to a dark gray mode instead of the previous black.
  • Keep wearable apps active: thanks to a new API that checks if the app has been closed in the background.
  • Bandwidth estimation improvements: regarding the use of the network of the different apps.
  • Blurs, color filters and other effects easier: the general graphic section of the system becomes more versatile for future changes.
  • App overlay controls: to improve security, Android 12 has a new permission so that one app can prevent another from overlapping.
  • Expanded security for lock screen notification actions– For example, this will allow a messaging application to require authentication before deleting a message or marking it as read.

Android 12 Developer Preview 3


Quite faithful to the calendar proposed by Google, the third version for developers of Android 12 arrived on April 21 and introduced some new features of graphics, animations and others. We summarize the changes introduced.

  • Improved app launch experience: the home screen or splash screen of the apps becomes standard, and the system will resolve with an animation that of the apps that do not. have it integrated by themselves.
  • New call notification template: To unify the experience in all the applications that make calls, Android 12 offers a template for the call notifications, so that they all offer a similar experience and are easy to use.
  • Changes to the interface: Android 12 starts adding changes to the interface. They have completely revamped the system settings, with a new design and …