Google has already started the development of Android 12 (Android S), although not all smartphones are yet Android 11 use. The first information about the new OS has already been published. Netzwelt tells you which innovations you can look forward to. Please note: Some of the following innovations are still rumors.
What’s new in Android 12
Google is supposed to Android 12 make the operating system more open to third-party stores. The Google Play Store is preinstalled on most smartphones, but you can also install app stores such as the Amazon Store or the Galaxy Store.
The US manufacturer could in future classify such other stores as “safe” and make installation easier. Google has not yet revealed how this should look in detail.
Furthermore should “Ban” Google Emojis from Android 12. So far you had to wait until the US manufacturer integrated the new pictures into a new version. Emojis are usually published by the Unicode consortium in spring or summer, but these were often only available on smartphones in autumn. In the future, fonts and emoticons will be updated independently of the system.
Saving ID documents on the smartphone was already planned as a feature for Android 11, but a lack of international standard prevented this. Thanks to the ISO 18013-5 mDLs standard, the feature could find its way to your smartphone with Android 12.
Apps in Android 12 are supposed to have a kind of “hibernation” mode receive. Applications that you do not use or only rarely use should be “frozen”. This should relieve the cell phone memory and increase the performance. The first pre-release version of Android 12 could appear in February.
A new security feature under Android 12 could allow you to use a Activate “restricted network” mode on the mobile phone. Apps must follow certain rules in order to gain network access. For example, you could create blacklist or access lists for certain apps.
When will Android 12 be released?
The new Android 12 operating system is not expected until autumn 2021 at the earliest. Usually, Google publishes a first version for developers in March, followed by a public beta in May. The final version is usually released in September or October.
Which devices will get Android 12?
Below you will find our assessment of which devices could receive the Android 12 update.
Most devices could get the Android 12 update from Google. Only the Pixel 2 (XL) are left out, because support ended here in December 2020.
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 4 (XL)
- Pixel 3 (XL)
- Pixel 3a (XL)
At Samsung, the top models will be the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 as well as the upcoming one Galaxy S21 received the Android 12 update. Samsung guarantees you three major version updates for these. The following Samsung phones, which also receive three years of support, can look forward to Android 12.
- Galaxy S20 series
- Galaxy Note 20 series
- Galaxy S21 / series
- Galaxy S10-Series
- Galaxy Note 10 series
- Galaxy Z Fold2 (5G)
- Galaxy Z Flip (5G)
- Galaxy Fold
- Galaxy A71 (5G)
- Galaxy A51 (5G)
- Galaxy A90 5G
The Nokia mobile phones are usually part of the Android One program and accordingly all have Android 12. The update is particularly safe for the following recently released models.
- Nokia 1.3
- Nokia 2.3
- Nokia 3.4
- Nokia 5.3
- Nokia 8.3 5G
Huawei and Honor
At Huawei, the update policy is due to the US Trade embargoes something complicated. It is still unclear whether and which devices will receive the update. The Chinese manufacturer has not even presented a roadmap for Android 11. The same applies to the subsidiary brand Honor.
Shortly after Google, OnePlus released the Android 11 update for the OnePlus 8 (Pro). The Chinese manufacturer is one of the fastest update distributors. These OnePlus smartphones will also receive an update to Android 12:
- OnePlus 7T
- OnePlus 8 (Pro)
- OnePlus North
- OnePlus 8T
At Xiaomi, devices of the Mi series two and the Redmi series receive an Android update. The Android 12 update is likely on these devices, as is the upcoming top smartphone Wed 11.
- Xiaomi Mi 10-Serie
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10-Serie
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9-Serie
Sony does not publish any information about which devices are supplied with Android updates. We suspect these devices could get Android 12:
- Sony Xperia 1
- Sony Xperia 1 II
- Sony Xperia 10 II
- Sony Xperia 5 II
- Sony Xperia 5
Your Mobile phone does not receive an update more? In the linked article we tell you what you can do about it.