Unlike last year when Android 11 dropped on the first week of September, Google’s latest major Android update isn’t available to the general public just yet this year, however, the company says on its Android Developers site that it has now pushed the source to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and is “officially” releasing the update.
Given the update is now technically available, when will your device get Android 12? Google had launched its Android 12 beta program and Pixel users, with ASUS, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, VIVO, Xiaomi, and ZTE particip[ating so the update might come earlier to these devices.
According to Google, Pixel owners will get the update “in the next few weeks”.
Oppo announced it will globally launch Android 12-based ColorOS 12 on October 11.
Oppo will introduce the global ROM of ColorOS 12 next Monday, which should be slightly different from the version announced in China last month and is already available for some Chinese Oppo and OnePlus units.
#ColorOS12 Global Launch Event.
— ColorOS (@colorosglobal) October 4, 2021
Realme GT will be the first series of smartphones to receive an Android 12 operating system upgrade, and it is set to go official soon. In its latest release, the Chinese smartphone brand confirmed that the upcoming GT lineup will be among the first smartphones in the world to get the latest OS upgrade. Android 12 will be rolled out as a stable build on October 4.
The Realme GT series will receive the Android 12 upgrade with the company’s custom interface dubbed the Realme UI 3.0. A myriad of other smartphones will be receiving Realme UI 3.0, based on the latest Android 12 soon. According to leaks, Realme is set to make the new OS available globally on 13th October.
Samsung says the official version of Android 12 will roll out before the end of the year which means you can expect the first official Samsung Android 12 updates to roll out in November, or December after beta testing ends.
Samsung sped up its Android rollout process in 2020-2021 so it’s possible Android 12 moves out to Galaxy devices faster than Android 11 did.
Samsung now provides three years of major software upgrades to its smartphones, lengthier support means a lot of Samsung Devices will get Android 12. Here’s the full list:
- Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite.
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, and upcoming devices.
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Fold, and upcoming Z series devices.
- Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A90 5G, and select upcoming A series devices.
- Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 5G, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, and upcoming Tab S series devices.
If your device is on this list, you should get Android 12 in 2021 or 2022. If it isn’t, you may find yourself (officially) stuck on Android 11.
As noted above, Xiaomi has been heavily involved in Google’s recent early beta testing programs, however, the official rollout of the stable OS will still take a while to begin.
Xiaomi has also begun recruitment for its Global stable ROM Android 12 beta-testing program. At the moment, only the Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11, and Mi 11i are eligible. Of course, it’s the Global ROM program, so it’s limited further to the Global models of those devices. Other variants will have to wait a while longer.
Here are the Xiaomi devices expected to get the Android 12 update:
Take this information with a pinch of salt since none of it has been confirmed by official sources.