Android 12 has begun rolling out for Pixel smartphones, Google declared at its Pixel Fall Launch event on Tuesday. The latest Android version was first released as a developer preview in February and was detailed at Google’s I/O developer conference in May. Google also made the Android 12 source code available to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) just earlier this month. Android 12 brings a new design language that is called Material You, which is aimed to enhance personalization on Android devices. There are also new privacy controls including the ability to let users share their approximate location with third-party apps.
Android 12 features
Perhaps the greatest change that Android 12 brings to your Pixel phone is the Material You plan language. It is planned to upgrade personalization on the device by allowing users to pick a custom colour palette and new widgets — as per their tastes and preferences. The new Android version also includes fluid motion and animations to deliver a fresh user experience.
Android 12 is claimed to optimize the overall user experience with better power efficiency. It also includes basic upgrades to decrease CPU time required for core system services by up to 22 percent and cut the use of big cores by the system server by up to 15 percent. This helps make a faster and more responsive user experience.
Google has also included a list of new privacy-focused changes in Android 12 to give better privacy controls. There is another Privacy Dashboard to detail consent settings and what information is being gotten to by which application. There is also an option to grant approximate location permission instead of giving precise location details to third-party apps. A new indicator will also appear on the top-right corner of the screen when any installed apps access the built-in microphone or camera. All this sounds similar to the privacy controls Apple introduced in earlier iOS releases.
The most effective method to get Android 12 update on Google Pixel devices
Android 12 is rolling out to a list of Google Pixel phones that consists of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G, and the Pixel 5. Once the update reaches your eligible Pixel phone, you will receive a notification for its download. You can also manually check for the update by going to System > Advanced > System update.