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Android 12 released: Should you update? Features, pros, cons

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Android is known for its security upgrades from time to time. This year Android 11 brought a lot of new features for android phones. But what is the difference between android 11 and Android 12. In this post, We are going to learn the new features of android 12 and also the list of smartphones that will be getting the update.

Android 12 brings new updates to Google docs, sheets, Drive, maps and a few other apps as well. Google also introduces a new design language called Material You that will help build developers much more beautiful apps. Although most flagship phones are getting the update, a few pixel phones have to wait a little longer. Getting the update is very easier, all you have to do is go to your settings page and search for updates. If your phone is compatible, you can get Android 12 update instantly.

Android 12 release date in India: October 04, 2021 for Pixel, Samsung, OnePlus flagship users.

What is Material You design?

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Glance widgets in Android 12

Google says that material you is the biggest design change they have done from years. They also its added widgets to their customisation menu. This makes Android 12 look like a beautiful launcher. The added animations can be seen when booting the device and also while using the menu. Users can also add custom widgets to colour up the phone.

List of phones that will be getting Android 12 in first launch

Because Google has to optimise android for different devices, not all smartphones will be getting the update at the same time. Devices with latest configuration and android 11 will be getting the update first. Brands like Pixel, One Plus, Samsung Galaxy series and other flagships will be getting the update in the first week of October.

Samsung

Galaxy S series: S20+ 5G, S20 ultra, S10 Lite, S10, S10+, S10e and S20 Ultra 5G

Galaxy Note series: Note 20 and Note 10 entire lineup.

Galaxy Foldable device series, Galaxy A71, A71 5G, A51 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Tab S7 and all 5G tabs including Tab S6 lite.

OnePlus

As OnePlus releases updates quickly for its current selling phones, users of OnePlus 9, 9Pro, Nord 2, Nord CE will be getting the update. OnePlus 8, 8T, 8 pro are also likely to be updated along the first launch. Users of OnePlus 7 and below lineup have to wait for a few weeks.

Xiaomi

As Xiaomi has both Redmi and Mi brands that release phones for different markets, flagships from both brands will get Android 12.

Redmi

Redmi Note 10 series, Note 10 prime, K20, K20 ultra series.

Mi: Mi 11 Lite 4G, 11 Lite 5G, 11T Pro and Lite NE 5G.

Nokia

Nokia XR 20, X10, X10 Plus, C20 Plus, C20, Nokia 1-8 series, 8.35G and other Nokia flagship phones.

Android 12 Features, Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Material You design that will bring back widget animationsSacrificing the look of stock android experience
Customisation options to change the entire look of menu, iconsBugs from early installation (AOSP) versions
Developer permissions to create new widget designsGlance widget on top of homescreen
Glance widget, New options in the pull down menuNo power menu

Android 12 quick review – Should you update?

android 12 homescreen
A glimpse of Android 12 notification bar and pull down menu

As both mid range and flagship phones are moving towards 90Hz and 120Hz mobile display, Android 12 is focused on improving the UI experience for users. Google even claims that Android 12 is the biggest design change in the history of android. A huge priority has been given to widgets that are both animated and beautiful. As mentioned in the cons, users have reported a few bugs with the early versions. So, if you are a flagship user, then you might have already gotten the update. There is no option to go back to previous version once you have install Android 12.

We recommend users to update to android 12 after a few weeks. As initial versions will be reported back for bugs, you will get a cleaner version of Android 12 after the open source (AOSP) project finishes. If you use a mid range phone that doesn’t have high refresh rates/RAM, we recommend you to wait until Google releases a stable version of Android 12. As the update is heavy on widgets, you may feel the slowdown in device UI after the update. But a new look improvement on Youtube, Facebook and other stock icons will definitely cater to users of all segments.

However, Android 12 has all the features and looks to satisfy android users who who wanted a colourful look for their android phones. Google also states that android 12 supports pixel first experience, which means pixel phones will always get the first update. Many Samsung, Nokia, Real and Oppo mid range phones are already rolling out with android 12 out of the box. So if you’re looking to upgrade your phone, get a new phone with Android 12 out of the box to have a new android experience, this time both on looks and performance.

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