Android 12 Starts Rolling Out to Pixel Phones, Here’s What’s New

The update is now available for eight Google Pixel devices.

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Google Pixel Android 12

Android 12 stable version is now available for download on Google Pixel devices. The new version of Android was announced earlier this month, but that was on AOSP or Android Open Source Project. The stable version of the latest Android iteration is now rolling to Google Pixel devices. A total of 8 Google devices are eligible for the update. Here is the list of all the Pixel devices that are eligible for the update and what’s new with the new stable Android 12 update. 

Android 12 is now available for Google Pixel devices

The Android 12 update has already started rolling out while Google is still hosting its Pixel 6 launch event. As said earlier, the update is available for a total of 8 Pixel devices dating back to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from 2018. The update is now available for Google Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL.

If you own a Pixel device, you can check for the update by heading to Settings > System > System update. 

Google also mentions, In most cases, you don’t need to do a full reset of your data to move to Android 12, but it’s recommended that you back up data before installing update on your device. Alternatively, you can also manually flash the Android 12 on the aforementioned eligible devices. You can visit Android’s official site to download the file. Google Pixel 4a

Android 12 new features

The Android 12 update brings the biggest visual overhaul in recent years, thanks to Google’s new design language called ‘Material You’. Material You is a new way to customize the device with colours, widgets, and wallpapers. Based on the wallpaper you pick, the system will automatically pick the colours for the notification pane, icons, and settings page. 

The widgets are now more interactive and most of Google’s apps have been updated to take advantage of the new Material You design. In terms of security features, the Android 12 on Pixel devices now come with a security hub that protects user data and there’s also a camera and microphone indicator as well as an option to disable the camera and mic access system-wide. 

Further, the new privacy dashboard shows what apps are accessing the camera, location, and microphone. Other major features include approximate location sharing, performance boost on Pixel devices, and more. 

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