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Android 12: These smartphones should receive the big update

Android 12 is launched. (Photo: t3n)
Android 12 has been officially announced. A few more months will pass before the final release, but some manufacturers already know which smartphones will receive the big update.

Jump to manufacturer:

  • Google Pixel
  • Samsung
  • Huawei
  • Honor
  • Oneplus
  • HMD Global / Nokia
  • Sony

  • Oppo
  • Xiaomi
  • Lenovo / Motorola
  • Realme
  • Vivo
  • Who else? (Asus, LG, Microsoft and others)

What does Android 12 bring?

Already after the release of the first developer preview there are signs that Android 12 will be a much bigger update is called the previous versions Android 10 and Android 11. They also had all kinds of relevant new features on board. The new OS generation will apparently bring many optical and functional functions with it, as the first leaks reveal. In the developer preview nothing of it can be seen yet; But this is not unusual, as it is primarily aimed at developers for whom the “substructure” with new interfaces is more important.

According to the last leak, Android 12 should have new widgets on board. (Screenshot: XDA Developers)

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The already announced new We have summarized functions in an initial overview of Android 12. They include the integration of new formats such as HVEC and AVIF – the latter should provide better image quality and compression than Jpeg. Google is also drilling up the display of content such as images and co. In messaging apps with rich content and simplifies it for developers with a uniform interface (API).

An overview You can find the announced new functions here:

Android 12: Google publishes first test version – that brings the big update

Apart from the officially announced new features, Android 12 is to receive a privacy indicator à la iOS 14, among other things. This will in future be displayed in the notification bar when the camera or microphone is accessed.

In addition, the notification bar will be extensively revised and there will be a larger selection of themes to be able to customize the user interface more. There is also talk of the integration of app pairs and an improved picture-in-picture and one-handed mode.

More here: Android 12 leak: OS update should bring better data protection, app pairs and themes

Google’s release roadmap for Android 12

In August the developer wants to achieve platform stability in order to release the big update possibly again in September. Experience has shown that Google will open Android 12 for devices from other manufacturers with the first public beta, which is due to appear in May 2012. The announcement of new functions is also to be expected. For this purpose, the manufacturer is likely to use the in-house developer conference Google I / O 2021 in May, which will probably take place again in a purely virtual manner.

Google’s timeline for Android 12 – as of February 2021. (Graphics: Google)

  • Developer Preview 1: February 18, 2021
  • Developer Preview 2: March 2021
  • Developer Preview 3: April 2021
  • 1. Public Beta: May 2021
  • 2. Public Beta: June 2021
  • 3. Public Beta: July 2021
  • 4. Public Beta: August 2021
  • Final release: autumn 2021 (probably in September)

As in every year The question arises: Which smartphones will get the new large OS version? With some manufacturers, it is becoming easier and easier to identify the corresponding devices even before the official release. This is the current status:

Google: Android 12 update from Pixel 3 to 5

Android 12 is safe for Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and 5 among others. (Photo: t3n)

With its Pixel smartphones, Google has always communicated how long the devices will receive updates. The models are guaranteed to receive major OS updates and monthly security patches for three years. Since Google is the developer of Android, the Pixel smartphones not only get exclusive access to the developer versions, but are always the first devices to receive the new Android versions in autumn.

After the Pixel 2 (XL) received the last update last year, it is in October 2021 No more Pixel 3 and 3 XL (test), which came on the market in November 2018.

    Pixel 5 (update guarantee until October 2023)

  • Pixel 4a 5G (update guarantee until October 2023)
  • Pixel 4a (update guarantee until August 2023)
  • Pixel 4 XL (update guarantee until October 2022)
  • Pixel 4 (Update -Guarantee until October 2022)
  • Pixel 3a XL (update guarantee until May 2022)
  • Pixel 3a (update guarantee until May 2022)
  • Pixel 3 XL (update guarantee until October 2021 )
  • Pixel 3 (update guarantee until October 2021)

This year the update cycle could come to an agreement Manufacturers. Because Google and Qualcomm announced in December 2020 that they would allow software updates for a period of four years. Google’s 2021 pixel models should serve as a role model here.

Samsung: The new update king

Android 12 is set for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, S21 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra, as well as for many other models. (from left to right). (Photo: t3n)

Samsung has made exemplary progress in terms of Android updates and security patches in recent years. Although the manufacturer is not the fastest when it comes to providing OS updates, this is also getting better and better. Since December 2020, the industry leader has supplied a large number of its devices with Android 11 and has also given them regular security patches.

Samsung is also excellent in terms of the update guarantee: In the summer of 2020, the manufacturer announced a three-year update period for Android updates for many of its device classes, and in February 2021 Samsung added and promised four years of security patches for over 130 models. No other manufacturer currently offers this – not even Google.

These Samsung smartphones are probably there:

Samsung Galaxy S series:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galax S20 Plus 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Samsung extends update guarantee – this mod All receive security patches for 4 years

    Samsung Galaxy Note series:

    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 10

    • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

    Samsung Galaxy Foldable Devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy A series:

    • Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
    • Samsung Galaxy A71
    • Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
    • Samsung Galaxy A51
    • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G (probably)

    Samsung Galaxy tablets:

    • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G (probably)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (probably)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (probably)
  • Android 12 Update for Huawei smartphones? Probably not

    Huawei P40 Pro

    Huawei P40 Pro in the test. (Photo: t3n)

    Huawei is still subject to the US sanctions imposed in May 2019 and is not allowed to access Google services such as the Play Store, Gmail, Maps and others. With the announcement of EMUI 11 last year, Huawei decided not to update to Android 11. All current models of the manufacturer continue to run on Android 10. Whether Huawei will bring its devices to Android 12 this year remains uncertain.

    Due to the change of government in the USA, Huawei could possibly regain access to Google’s services in the long term. However, Huawei is working on its own operating system Harmony OS, which is to replace Google’s Android on its own devices in order to be able to avoid further possible trade conflicts. The only strange thing is that Harmony OS continues to be based on Android after the latest development status, as Ron Amadeo from Ars Technica discovered.

    Honor: New Hope for Android 12

    The Honor View 40 is the first smartphone without Huawei. (Image Honor)

    At Honor, the former Huawei subsidiary, the tide could turn. The company has been independent from Huawei since the end of 2020 and has since signed contracts with AMD, Intel, Mediatek, Micron Technology, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, SK Hynix and Sony. With the View 40, the manufacturer has even presented the first new smartphone – but currently only for the Chinese market. The prospect of the return of Google services on in-house devices is excellent given Huawei’s move away. So far, however, nothing official has been communicated. Here it means: wait.

    Oneplus: Android 12 update only for the top models

    Android 12 for the Oneplus 8T is safe. (Photo: t3n)

    So far, Oneplus has guaranteed two major OS updates for its models. In the course of the diversification of the manufacturer, however, the update strategy changes: Only the more expensive models are guaranteed two large OS versions. The situation is different with the cheaper variants such as the N10 5G and N100: This is over after the update to Android 11. Oneplus is also canceling a year of security patches for its Budeget models: While the top models receive security updates for three years, the N10 5G and N100 only get two years.

    • Oneplus 8T
    • Oneplus 8 Pro
    • Oneplus Nord
    • Oneplus 8
    • Oneplus 7T
    • Oneplus 7T Pro
    • Oneplus N10 5G (no update planned)
    • Oneplus N100 ( No update to Android 12 planned)

    H MD Global / Nokia: Android 12 update for numerous models

    Nokia 8.3 5G. (Bild: HMD Global)

    Nokia 8.3 5G. (Image: HMD Global)

    Nokia manufacturer HMD Global has been promising Android updates for two years for years. That won’t change in 2021 either. Accordingly, we can calculate with Android 12 for the following models. It cannot be ruled out that other devices will receive the next OS – we’d better wait for an official statement here.

      Nokia 8.3 5G

    • Nokia 5.3
    • Nokia 5.4
    • Nokia 3.4
    • Nokia 2.4
  • Nokia 1.3 (Android Go Edition)
  • Update to Android 12 at Sony

    Sony Xperia 1 II. (Bild: Sony)

    Sony Xperia 1 II. (Image: Sony)

    Sony gives an update guarantee of two years for its top models. So Android 12 is safe at least for these devices:

    • Sony Xperia 1 II
    • Sony Xperia 5 II

    • Sony Xperia 10 II ( probably)

    Oppo: Android 12 update for all current devices

    Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G in t3n-Hands -on. (Photo: t3n)

    Oppo started in Germany at the beginning of 2020 and has already launched a fairly extensive portfolio. In an interview with t3n, Johnny Zhang, CEO of Oppo Germany, promised at least two Android system updates for every current Oppo smartphone. Every smartphone that came onto the market with Android 10 receives at least one update to Android 12. This applies to both the Find X, Reno and A series. For the Find X and Reno series there is also a security patch update once a month, for other models every less than three months.

    • Oppo Reno 4 Pro
  • Oppo Reno 4
  • Oppo Reno 4 Z
  • Oppo Reno 4 Lite
  • Oppo Find X2 Pro
  • Oppo Find X2
  • Oppo Find X2 Neo

  • Oppo Find X2 Lite
  • Oppo A73 5G
  • Oppo A91
  • Oppo A52
  • Android 12 updates for Xiaomi

    Xiaomi Mi 11. (Image: Xiaomi)

    With Xiaomi it is a little difficult to identify which devices are getting Android 12 . On the one hand, because de The manufacturer does not clearly communicate its update plans, on the other hand because the version numbers of the in-house MIUI user interface are decoupled from the Android version. MIUI 12 and 12.5 currently run on Android 11. The previous MIUI 11 was based on both Android 10 and 11, depending on the device.

    As a rule, Xiaomi gives its models two major Android updates for its Mi-, Mi-Mix, Mi-Note and Mi-T series. The situation is similar with the Redmi-K and the Poco-F and -X series. Accordingly, we speculate that the following Xiaomi devices should receive Android 12:

    • Xiaomi Mi 11 (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi 10 5G (Update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (update is wa likely)
    • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Poco X2 (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Poco X3 (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (update is likely)
    • Xiaom Redmi K40 Pro Plus
    • Xiaomi K40 Pro
    • Xiaomi Redmi K40
    • Xiaomi Redmi K30i 5G (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Redmi K30S ( Update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pr o (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra (update is likely)
    • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

    Motorola and Android 12?

    The Motorola Razr 5G is guaranteed to receive Android 12 . (Photo: t3n)

    Motorola is looking rather bleak when it comes to Android updates. Even in February 2021, Android 11 has not yet arrived on any device, and the manufacturer only gives a two-year update guarantee for its more expensive models. This means that many devices should not receive Android 12 after their update to Android 11. The following models are probably in the running for the 2021 OS update:

    • Motorola Razr 5G
    • Motorola Razr 2019 (uncertain)

    • Motorola Edge
    • Motorola Edge Plus

    Realme: 2 years of Android updates for top models

    Realme 3x Superzoom

    Realme 3x Superzoom should be one of the Be Android12 candidates. (Photo: t3n)

    The Oppo sister Realme promises two years of Android updates for its X and Pro model series. The upcoming upper-class device Realme GT with Snapdragon 888 will certainly belong to the Android 12 candidates.

    • Realme GT
    • Realme X50 5G
    • Realme X50 Pro 5G
    • Realme X7 Pro 5G
    • Realme X7
    • Realme X3 SuperZoom

    Android 12 update for Vivo

    With the Vivo X51 5G, the manufacturer announced its launch in Germany in October. (Photo: t3n)

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    Vivo, in Germany im Started October 2020, has a small portfolio in this country. After their updates to Android 11, all models should also get the next OS jump to Android 12.

      Vivo X51 5G

    • Vivo Y70
    • Vivo Y20s

    Who else? Microsoft, LG, Asus …

    Peak: When you open it slightly, the Microsoft Surface Duo shows the time. (Photo: t3n)

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    Be apart of the named manufacturers other players also provide their devices with the update to Android 12. What is certain is that Microsoft will heave its Surface Duo (test) to Android 12. When that will be is a big question. Because despite the US market launch in autumn 2020 and availability in Germany by February 2021, Android 11 will not be available until summer 2021.

    Furthermore, LG will probably provide its Velvet and the rotary display device Wing with the upcoming OS. Asus should also bring some of its ROG and Zenfone series of smartphones to Android 12.

    As soon as manufacturers explain their specific plans, we will update this article.

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