Following a preview at I/O 2021 and multiple betas since then, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system is ready for prime time. Android 12 is now officially available. But if you own an Android device, don’t get excited just yet. With today’s announcement, Google is uploading the source code to the operating system to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). As things stand, the update isn’t publicly available on any current devices. But that should change soon.
Google says it will start rolling out Android 12 to Pixel devices starting sometime in the “next few weeks,” with availability on Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo and Xiaomi devices to follow later this year. Once the OS finally makes it to your device, you can look forward to checking out Google’s new Material You design language, an updated privacy dashboard that includes a timeline of all the data the apps on your phone have accessed, the ability to capture scrolling screenshots, a new one-handed mode and more. Until then, the wait continues.
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