As you may know, Google has given us an appointment this Tuesday, May 18 for its new Google I / O conference dedicated to developers . During the event, the Mountain View firm announced the immediate availability of the first public beta of Android 12 , after the deployment of three previous versions for developers.
While we thought that this beta was going to be reserved in the first place for Google Pixels only, it turns out that this public beta will also be available on smartphones from 11 different manufacturers including Asus, Google Pixel, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.
A MAJOR REDESIGN OF THE INTERFACE ON ANDROID 12
As expected, Android 12 offers a major visual overhaul, since the manufacturer has redesigned all of the interface elements to make it more customizable. Thus, when you choose a new wallpaper, the OS will automatically adapt all the interface elements to the dominant colors of your new wallpaper. The animations have also been revised, as well as the quick accesses which now accommodate tabs for Google Pay and Google Home.
In addition, Google claims to have reduced the impact of Android on the CPU by 22%, for faster, smoother and more responsive navigation. Security is an important part of Android 12. This is why Google has integrated a new dashboard, thanks to which it will be possible to consult all the permission requests of your apps , in chronological order.
In addition, color indicators similar to what Apple offers on iOS 14 will let you know if an app is using your camera or microphone in real time. It will also be possible to quickly deactivate the permissions given to apps via a new quick menu. Finally, Android 12 will be able to provide applications with only an approximate location of the user.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE ANDROID 12 PUBLIC BETA
If you are in possession of a Google Pixel 3XL through Pixel 5, you are able to try the public beta of Android 12. Here are the steps to follow:
- Go to the Android 12 beta program website and sign in using the same Google Account you use on your Google Pixel
- At the bottom of the page you will find a list of your beta-eligible smartphones
- Select your model and click Opt-in to enroll in the program
- On your smartphone, go to Settings> System> Advanced> System update then let the installation start and continue
As said before, Google opens the public beta to smartphones from eleven different manufacturers. For the time being and to obtain the instructions specific to the devices of each brand, it will be necessary to go to the dedicated Google site . Some links are not yet functional, but should be in the coming hours.