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Android 12: Everything we know about when it’s coming to your phone

Despite what Apple users may think, there are a lot of people out there who prefer Android. And they will be excited to find out that the newest update, Android 12, is right around the corner. Tap or click here to see the best smartphone alternatives to Apple and Samsung.

Unfortunately, unlike iPhones, the Android 12 update doesn’t automatically go out to all devices at the same time. Since there are so many different types of devices that have the Android platform, updates are device-specific.

Let’s look at the new features available on Android 12, what’s available now and when your device might get the update.

What’s in the new Android 12 update

Apple has given Android some large shoes to fill! Thankfully Android is ready to give Apple a run for its money.

Android 12 is the biggest update in recent history and includes updates to text message features, security and privacy, and even a new dashboard, depending on your device.

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One of the most incredible new features? The remote control. Gone are the days of having 14 different remote controls to change various electronics. Your Android phone can now do it for you.

A remote control is baked into the OS. The on-screen keyboard will also speed up typing when usernames or passwords are required. It will work on more than 80 million Android TV OS devices, including Google TV.

Another appreciated update is the new privacy dashboard, similar to iPhones’ newest security update, though not as thorough. The new dashboard allows you to see who is seeing your data and, in some cases, allows you to decide if you want to share it at all.

For those looking for nuances, the newest emoji updates will have you jumping for joy. Using a recently rolled feature, Android keeps track of your most-used emojis and offers suggestions based on your messages and previous choices.

In an attempt to keep up with changing technology, you’ll also notice an uptick in apps that allow you to use them hands-free, with Android 12’s newest voice-enabled features.

It is important to note that certain parts of the newest Android 12 update will be device-specific. For complete details on the newest update, tap or click here.

Available in Beta

As of right now, the Beta version is available for some, but we recommend that you wait before downloading the new update. Why?

Beta versions are released for companies to test out their newest updates and features, and that comes with bugs and other issues that even Android might not be aware of yet.

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However, if you can’t wait to get your hands on the newest update, it’s currently available for the following models:

  • Asus devices (select models).
  • Google Pixel (select models).
  • OnePlus (select models).
  • Oppo (select models).
  • Realme (select models).
  • Sharp (select models).
  • Techno (select models).
  • Vivo (select models).
  • TCL (select models).
  • Xiaomi (select models).
  • ZTE (select models).

If you have one of the current models available to try out the new Beta update, you can update your phone and check it out in no time.

Unfortunately, the update is device-specific, so you’ll want to visit your manufacturer’s website for instructions on how to download it. Full details can be found here.

When will Android 12 become available to everyone?

If you want to wait out Beta mode so you can avoid the glitches that come with these fancy new updates, you won’t have to wait too long.

The current expected full launch date is in late September or early October. For now, you’ll have to settle for the Beta version and look for updates as soon as they become available.

If you are anxiously waiting for the new update and want to learn some new tricks, here are 10 smart tech tips you wish you knew sooner.

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