List of new features, compatible smartphones… find everything you need to know about the latest version of Google’s OS on all Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Sony phones and more.

At Google I/O 2021, we were able to attend the presentation of the Android 12 beta 1. After several months of development (and different phases in the beta program), the full rollout took place on the Google Pixel for the general public – at the same time as the official launch of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which benefit from it natively.

What’s new, when it will be rolled out, compatible smartphones (from Samsung, Xiaomi and others)… Find out everything you need to know about Android 12 in this file. And if you’re interested in the latest version (still in beta at the time of writing), you can also check out what’s new in Android 13.

Android 12 at Oppo

On December 11, some owners of the Oppo Find X3 Pro were able to benefit from the stable version of ColorOS 12.

In beta:

  • Oppo F19 and F19S (from April 8, 2022);
  • Oppo F17 (from April 14, 2022)
  • Oppo A53 (from April 19, 2022)
  • Oppo A73
  • Oppo Reno 3 Pro (from April 26 2022)
  • Oppo Reno 7 5G (May 2022)
  • Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (May 2022)
  • Oppo A76 (May 2022)

In stable:

  • Oppo A53s 5G (from April 25, 2022)
  • Oppo A74 5G
  • Oppo F19 Pro+
  • Oppo F19 Pro
  • Oppo F17 Pro
  • Oppo Find X2
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro and X5
  • Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G (from May 2022)
  • Oppo Reno 6 Pro
  • Oppo Reno 5 Pro
  • Oppo Reno 4 Pro

Android 12 at Realme

The timeline for Realme smartphones has been revealed. It will run until August 2022.

  • Realme 7
  • Realme 7 Pro
  • Realme 8 (March 2022)
  • Realme 8 5G (July 2022)
  • Realme 8 Pro
  • Realme 9 Pro Plus
  • Realme 9 Pro
  • Realme GT
  • Realme GT 2 Pro (March 2022)
  • Realme GT 2 (March 2022)
  • Realme GT Master Edition (March 2022)
  • Realme GT Neo 2
  • Realme X50 Pro (April 2022)

Android 12 at Samsung

In France, since November 18, the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra also receive One UI 4 (Android 12) in stable version. In December, the Galaxy Fold and Note 10 and Note 10 Plus received it. At the beginning of 2022, it is logically on the mid-range and older flagships that Samsung continued its deployments, with the Galaxy S21 FE, the Galaxy A52 and A72, or the Galaxy S10 range.

  • Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s
  • Samsung Galaxy A72
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy A72
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
  • Samsung Galaxy A03
  • Samsung Galaxy A03s
  • Samsung Galaxy A12
  • Samsung Galaxy A12 (Exynos)
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
  • Samsung Galaxy A22
  • Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A31
  • Samsung Galaxy A32
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ WiFi
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Upcoming tablets:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Android 12 at Sony

Sony’s latest Xperia 1 III and 5 III have received their major update, as well as the Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro-I. The update for the Xperia 10 III and 10 II was announced in March for ” “, without a specific date. The 10 III has received its update.

  • Sony Xperia 1 II
  • Sony Xperia 1 III
  • Sony Xperia 5 III
  • Sony Xperia 10 III
  • Sony Xperia 10 II
  • Sony Xperia Pro-I

Android 12 at Vivo

If you’ve got a Vivo and you live in France, you’re in luck: all the smartphones in the range have switched to Funtouch OS 12, the latest version of Android.

Deployed update:

  • Vivo V21
  • Vivo V23
  • Vivo X60 Pro
  • Vivo Y76
  • Vivo Y72
  • Vivo Y55
  • Vivo Y52
  • Vivo Y21
  • Vivo Y21s

En cours de déploiement:

  • Vivo Y11S
  • Vivo Y20S

À venir:

  • Vivo X51 (avril)
  • Vivo Y70 (avril)

Android 12 chez Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi 12 Pro
  • Xiaomi 12
  • Redmi Note 11
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 (beta)
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (beta)
  • Xiaomi Mi 11i (beta)

Android 12 at TCL

  • TCL 20 Pro 5G (beta, source)
  • TCL 306
  • TCL 30 SE
  • TCL 30
  • TCL 30+
  • TCL 30 5G (during the second_quarter)

Android 12 at other brands

  • Tecno Pouvoir 4 (beta, source)
  • Vivo Iqoo 7 Legend (beta, source)
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G (beta, source)

The WebView has been reviewed to improve the transparency of the use of cookies across sites. Its operation is now similar to that of various browsers, with Chrome at the top of the list.

Application developers must also be more transparent. When exporting and assigning activities or services, Android 12 requires more transparency. For example, it is now impossible for an app in the background to launch a service in the foreground.

The MAC address of the phone can no longer be accessed from within an app.

A better user experience

More roundnessAndroid 12 comes with a big aesthetic change

driven by Google’s new design philosophy: Material You. This redesign wants to offer as many customizations as possible so that the interface corresponds as much as possible to the desires of the user. The accent colors adapt to the dominant color of the screen background for more immersion. However, this feature is initially reserved only for the Google Pixel.

This is the case especially on the volume bar or screen brightness, both wider, but also with the multitasking screen, with the widgets or with the pop-up screens in the settings.

Note also an important reorganization of the tiles of the quick settings, while the lock screen has also been entitled to changes. The time, for example, is displayed in a larger size when you have no notifications to further enhance your peace of mind.

Photo and video encoding/decoding

Android 12 brings a new layer of video decoding to make HEVC and AVC video formats work at all levels of the system, including in applications that do not support it natively. Using this format improves file compression and saves storage space.

For still images, the system adds support for the AV1 Image File (AVIF) format. En résulte une qualité d’image bien supérieure à taille équivalente.

For example, a video calling application could integrate customized ringtones to identify a caller through haptic feedback. This feature can also be used in games to simulate the granularity of a terrain for example in a racing game. Note also that the vibration can be redirected to the controller when a joystick is plugged in.

Spatial audio is also supported to handle up to 24 audio channels (previously eight). On a related topic, Bluetooth audio management should also see a nice improvement with Android 12.

Better management of verified links

Currently, if you open a Twitter link from the Facebook app, Android will ask if you intend to open the link with the Twitter app or via your browser. Android 12 DP3 has simplified the procedure by automating this system. From now on, if you have the right app installed on your smartphone, the links will open automatically in the app, without going through your phone’s web browser.

New notifications

The display of notifications has been redesigned to bring a breath of modernity, as previewed before the launch of Android 12. In addition to a general redesign with transparency effects and new icons, transitions and animations have been improved for more fluidity.

Useful to know how many mails you have received without having to scroll down the list. It is also possible to fine-tune the notifications for each application to know what type of notification it is allowed to send: email notification, default notification, silent notification or real time notification.

Widget management simplified

To facilitate the search for widgets, the widget selection screen now shows a list of different applications. Each of them can then be scrolled down to show the different widgets available, organized in a horizontal carousel, as before.

Useful if you have many applications installed. Moreover, Android 12 will also integrate widget recommendations.

New features

A game mode

Like many other brands, Google is integrating a new game menu into Android 12 (discovered in DP2). Although unavailable by default, this screen allows you to quickly manage some of the phone’s settings, such as activating Do Not Disturb mode or an “FPS” option that should improve performance in games. There is also a quick access to streaming on YouTube, to take or record the screen.

Its presence in a “Google” package and not “Android” suggests that this would be an exclusive Pixel.

WiFi sharing simply

To facilitate the sharing of your WiFi code, Android 12 integrates a QR Code system directly from the WiFi menu of the settings. Even simpler, it is possible to use proximity sharing to allow anyone to connect in a few clicks without having to copy the code or scan anything.

Until now, a single click performed these two actions while a double click replayed the video in full screen.

It is also possible to temporarily hide the floating window in order to easily consult the content that could be underneath.

A new one-handed mode similar to the iPhone

In Android 12, Google has integrated a one-handed mode very similar to what Apple offers on the iPhone. By sliding your finger down on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, the display shrinks and goes down to the bottom half of the screen. L’écran revient automatiquement à sa taille normale après quelques secondes d’inactivité (ou en refaisant le geste inverse).

You just have to make the gesture to enjoy it directly.

Extended screenshots

Already available on many smartphones, the extended makes a timid entry on Android 12. Inaccessible from the start, this feature can be activated via an ADB command, adding a button when taking a screenshot to scroll through the image recording. This feature is still uncertain for the final version of the update.

Still on the subject of screenshots, Android 12 DP3 has added a welcome little feature. In addition to the default font proposed for annotations, it is possible to choose from several other writing fonts.

Greater compatibility

As part of Project Mainline to separate Android blocks from major updates, Android 12 integrates the ART module into the Google Play system to allow simplified updates to this application execution layer. Improvements can thus be made to manage application execution performance or memory management without requiring a major system update.

The different device formats are also better managed. After the optimization of the tablet format and that of smartphones with foldable screens, it is now the turn of TVs to be optimized. The Android 12 preview for Android TV is also available to improve the experience of applications on this platform.

And more

Many other optimizations have been made to the system, such as improved gesture navigation to avoid false positives (or false negatives). We also think of the hibernation of applications not used for a long time to free up storage, the fact that your smartphone can be used as a car key or remote control on Android TV.