When Is My Phone Getting Android 12? The Rollout Begins


Android 12 is here, and you can download it on the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and other phones. It’s a fairly large update that offers a lot, from refreshed design language no matter which Android phone you have to Material You theme choices on the Pixel to the new privacy options.

Naturally, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on it. The answer? It depends on which phone you have. Google and Samsung have been pretty quick with rollouts, while others are still testing beta releases. Most manufacturers have sared some sort of plan regarding Android 12, so read on to find out when to expect to get the update on your phone.

What phones will get Android 12?

All Pixel devices going back to the Pixel 3 will get Android 12 on launch day, along with some Android One partners. For Android 11, Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi all participated in the betas and got the final release when it was available or very soon after. OnePlus also clarified that despite merging codebase with Oppo, it still plans to release Oxygen OS 12 shortly after the Android 12 launch. It’s also been confirmed that Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi phones will get Android 12 later this year, though individual releases will be up to each manufacturer.

Google

Google Pixel 6 renders.
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Google has released Android 12 for all Google Pixels dating back to the Pixel 3, though it comes later than last year. For the first time, Google didn’t do the expected and started the rollout for Pixels alongside the Android 12 source code drop. Instead, Android 12 was only made available for Google Pixels on October 19 alongside the launch of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. With Android 12 on Pixels, owners will get every single Android 12 feature advertised. This includes the Material You redesign, improved privacy and security options, and funky widgets. This will also be the last guaranteed software and security updates for the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, and 3a XL. Google will drop those phones from its guaranteed support lineup by May 2022.

Samsung

Android 12 running on a Samsung Galaxy phone.

Samsung’s rollout of Android 12 and One UI 4 is going quicker than expected. On November 15, the company released the update first to the S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra.

“One UI 4 helps users create their own, optimized mobile experience because Samsung recognizes that everyone wants to meet their unique needs and preferences,” TM Roh, president and head of Samsung Electronics Mobile Communications Business, said in September. “As we’ve done with every iteration of our One UI, we’ve listened to our users to understand the tools and innovations needed to create a better, more reliable, and enhanced overall user experience.”

All users will find the security features Google included alongside enhanced customizability options that do essentially what Google’s Material You does without technically being Material You. You can expect every A-series and S-series Samsung phone released in the past four years to eventually get One UI 4 and Android 12, though flagships will naturally take priority.

While Samsung has not yet shared a timeline for when its other smartphones can expect a release, it will be soon. The company’s press release announcing the S21’s update confirmed as much. Samsung also shared and later pulled down an upgrade plan for Android 12 and One UI 4 in Korea, with some fast fingers capturing the planned timeline before it was deleted.

If it proves to be true, Samsung could roll out Android 2 and One UI to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Fold 3, S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, Note 20, Z Fold 2, and Z Flip 5G in December, with updates coming to older flagships, A-Series phones, and tablets to follow through July 2022 in what appears to be descending order of importance. With the caveat that Samsung has not officially shared a public timeline that it stands by, this is the closest thing we have so far.

Oppo and OnePlus

OnePlus OnxygenOS 12 screens.

Oppo has announced an Android 12 and Color OS 12 rollout that will come to over 100 Oppo phones throughout 2022. The Find X3 and OnePlus 9 (in China) will get the update first. The company will then roll it out to other popular high-end and mid-range Oppo phones through the first half of 2022.

For OnePlus phones, the company has debuted OxygenOS 12 alongside an open beta for OnePlus 9 owners. In the future, the company will roll this out to the OnePlus 8 series, the OnePlus 7 series phones, and the Nord, Nord 2, and Nord CE 5G. It too includes its own take on Google’s Material You, though it shares the same weaknesses as Samsung’s One UI 4.0.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi 11T Pro's screen.
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Xiaomi has also claimed that it plans to debut MIUI 13 at the end of the year. It has started testing Android 12 paired with MIUI 12.5 on its most recent phones, including the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Xiaomi 11T. In China, at least, the company has announced that the Xiaomi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi 11 Pro, and the Xiaomi 11 would be first on the list for Xiaomi-branded phones, while the Redmi K40 and K40 Pro Plus would be the first Redmi-branded phones to get Android 12.

Asus

Notification shade for Asus phone.
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Asus has announced plans for Android 12 on the Asus ZenFone 8, ZenFone 7 Flip, ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5S, Zenfone 7, and ROG Phone 3. These updates won’t come particularly quickly, with the Zenfone 8 series getting their stable updates in December 2021, while the ROG Phone and ROG Phone 5S will get theirs from January to March 2022. The ROG Phone 3 and ZenFone 7 have their updates scheduled sometime in the first half of 2022.

Vivo

The Vivo X70 Pro+ being taken out of a pocket.
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Vivo has not yet announced a finalized Android 12 rollout, but the company has just shared the plan for its beta updates — at least in India. Flagships like the excellent Vivo X70 Pro+ top the list for an update by November 2021, with lower-tier phones getting it around April 2022.

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— Vivo India (@Vivo_India) October 21, 2021

Realme

Apps on the Realme GT Neo2.
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Realme has unveiled Realme UI 3.0, its own take on Android 12. Much like with MiUI and Color OS, you won’t find any Material You here. Instead, you’ll find the company redesigning its interface with what it calls “Fluid Space Design” which refocuses on animation and careful use of white space.

Although Material You isn’t here, wallpaper color-themed customization is, and Realme’s theming engine will pick up colors from your wallpapers and apply them to system elements for a more cohesive experience. This won’t apply to third-party apps like Material You’s theming does, however. Finally, the new privacy features in Android 12, including the camera, microphone, and location permission changes, will be present.

The Realme GT 5G will be the first phone to get it, with the Realme X7 Max, Realme GT Neo 2 5G, Realme GT Master Edition, and Realme 8 Pro scheduled to pick it up by December. Older eligible devices will pick it up by Q2 2022 (between April and June).

What about the rest?

Eventually, all high-end Android phones and most midrange phones from the past year or so should get Android 12, but it may take a while. After all, look at the Galaxy S20 series, which only got Android 11 starting in January, though Google finalized the OS in September. It’s pretty common for even flagship phones to get the next major software update months after it’s released by Google. This has been a long-standing problem with Android releases, though it’s certainly gotten better over time.

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