Android 12 beta 3 is the twelfth major release and 19th version of Android, the mobile operating system developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.
The first beta was released on May 18, 2021. Android 12 was released publicly on October 4, 2021, through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and was released to support Google Pixel devices on October 19, 2021.
History of Android 12 (Beta 3)
Android 12 was announced in an Android blog posted on February 18, 2021. A developer preview was released immediately, with two additional ones planned for the following two months. After that, four monthly beta releases were planned, beginning in May, the last one of them reaching platform stability in August, with general availability coming shortly after that.
The first beta build was then delivered on May 18, 2021, then it was followed by beta 2 on June 9, 2021, which got a bugfix update to 2.1 on June 23. Then beta 3 was released on July 14, 2021, getting a bugfix update to beta 3.1 on July 26. A fifth beta, which was not planned, was released on September 8, 2021. Then finally Android 12 stable got released on the Android Open Source Project on October 4.
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What you need to know– Android 12 Beta 3
- Google releases the third beta for Android 12L.
- The update includes a few bug fixes, including one that prevented the At a Glance widget from displaying weather info.
- The update is available for Google Pixel smartphones, including the Pixel 6 series.
Google has just released the third Android 12L beta for Pixel smartphones, which now includes the Pixel 6. Like previous betas, the latest release includes a few bug fixes ahead of the full stable launch.
Among the bug fixes addressed with the release, Beta 3 fixes the At a Glance widget which would not display weather information for many users. You can see the list of bug fixes below as per the release notes:
- Fixed an issue that prevented weather information from showing in the system’s At a glance widget
- An issue where the screen off animation was not displayed consistently when turning off the device’s screen is fixed.
- Fixed issues that caused the system launcher to crash when attempting to enter split-screen mode using the Pin to Top option.
While not explicitly mentioned in the release notes, Mishaal Rahman, senior technical editor at Esper and former editor-in-chief of XDA Developers, highlights a few notable changes in the release. For example, the quick settings toggle now appears smaller and fits in more columns on large-screen devices, which should make some users happy.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro
As part of the release, Google is also making the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro eligible for the beta program. To enroll your device, you can navigate to Google’s Android beta site, and the device should show up among your eligible phones if it’s attached to your Google account.
Once you enroll in your Pixel 6, you can navigate to settings > system > advanced > system update on your phone to check for any new builds.
Speaking of the beta, we can look at the list of compatible phones for that to get some clues as to which might be first in line for the finished Android 12. They are as follows:
- Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 (including XL and A-series phones)
- Oppo Find X3 Pro
- Nokia X20
- OnePlus 9 / 9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 / 11 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 11i / 11X Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra (only Chinese models)
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- Asus Zenfone 8
- Realme GT
- Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
- Sharp Aquos Sense 5G
- Tecno Camon 17
If you have any of the listed above you can update your devices to the new, fun, and smooth UI Android 12.
The final Android stable release is already out with some cool features, better security, and easy to use interface.