With the presentation of the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro generation, Google has now also started distributing the update to Android 12. First of all, all Pixel smartphones will now have the option to update to the new operating system.
While the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro devices will be delivered with Android 12, owners of the previous versions can now consider whether they want to switch. The preparations for the start of the big update have been going on for a few days. Google had already published the final stable version at the beginning of October in the Android Open Source Project, and a short time later Xiaomi started making Android 12 available for the first devices. Now it’s the turn of Google Pixel owners.
Android 12 is compatible with the Google Pixel 3 and is newer. Anyone who owns one of these devices can now see whether they can already obtain the new OS version as an over-the-air update. In the past, it may have taken several weeks for Google to actually send the update offer to all users.
Material You only for pixels
The Android 12 update is definitely ready and will soon be launched for the first devices from Samsung, Realme, Vivo, OnePlus, and OPPO, among others. As before, some features are reserved exclusively for Google Pixel smartphones – this includes, for example, “Material You”, the new material design that Google has now consistently implemented across the OS in the widgets, all control elements, and in its own apps became.
Improved privacy settings
According to Google, the release of Android 12 is one of the largest, most extensive updates to the mobile operating system in a few years. An important part of the new Android 12 is the privacy and data protection settings. It is now easier for users to get an overview of releases and uses of the location, camera, or microphone:
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