The arrival of Android 12 was already on the cards, and now at the recent Pixel Fall Launch event, Google announces that the OS will be rolled out for Pixel phones. Just like any other major Android update, users will receive the latest iteration of Android gradually over the next few days.
As one might expect, the first phones to be upgraded by Android 12 will be the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. There might be cases where a Pixel phone won’t receive the update once Google starts to roll it out, or a user doesn’t want to wait for Google to make it available.
In such scenarios, one always has the option to install it manually. If the bootloader of the phone is unlocked, the user can manually sideload the device-specific OTA image or factory image, or use Google’s web-based Android Flash Tool to automate the process.
One of the striking aspects that Android 12 brings forward is a new design language called Material You, one that aims at prioritizing personalization on Android devices. With Material You, users can personalize everything including the applications, notifications, lock screen, settings, etc.
Besides, the color extraction algorithms and the whole new fluid motions and animations are surely going to appeal to a lot of Android users. As a part of the Android 12 experience, users will also receive new privacy controls along with the ability to share their location with third-party apps.
Android 12 is also presumed to deliver better power efficiency, faster machine learning experiences, and more responding notifications.