Google unveiled Android 12 at the opening of the I / O 2021 keynote, and now you can try the new update for yourself as part of the first public beta. The public beta of Android 12 is currently available for Google’s Pixel phones (Pixel 3 and above) and will also be available for OnePlus, Lenovo, Asus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE devices. You can register your Pixel phone at Google’s Android beta site or find specific instructions for other supported phones the Android developer page.
Android 12 offers a wealth of new features, but the most exciting is the new visuals. In addition to new animations, widgets and a custom lock screen, Android 12 also offers themes, with the ability to change the colors used in the operating system just by changing your wallpaper. Not all of the dramatic visual changes will be available in this first beta, but they should roll out over time as we get closer to release.
Google also tweaks other aspects of the Android experience, such as notifications and quick settings. It also brings some privacy and security improvements, with indicators for when your phone’s camera or microphones are in use, and easier access to your apps’ various permissions in one dashboard. For a more in-depth look at Android 12, check out our full preview.