Google’s Android 12 public beta is now available on these eligible devices
Google is moving fast with the development of Android 12, and today Google I / O announced that the first public beta is now available for download.
Android 12 brings a lot of new features, including a new UI design philosophy called Material You. With Material You, Google is providing Android 12 with a more personalized way to customize their applications and real-time user interface based on “the user’s unique material palette,” all in real time.
Custom color palettes can be created based only on the wallpaper you have chosen. And the operating system will then extract the colors from your wallpaper to use throughout the user interface for things like buttons and app text. This color extraction can be further modified and refined by the user if he wishes. You can see Material You in action in the embedded video below:
Other changes inherent in Android 12 include a new animation system, improved widgets, and quick settings and notifications tweaks. The Google Assistant has even been enhanced to offer relevant information based on the active screen on your screen when it is activated.
There are also privacy-focused additions, like a green dot that appears in the upper right of the screen when the microphone or camera is on (see below). This is similar to a feature that Apple introduced a few years ago in iOS. Another big change is the Android Private Compute Core (APCC), which featured a siled partition within the operating system where certain AI-related tasks are handled. Google says APCC helps protect your data from prying eyes while leaving it accessible for system-level tasks.
If you want to try Android 12 Beta 1, Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL and newer Pixels are currently supported. You can directly access the “Android beta for Pixel“to register and download the operating system. Android 12 beta is also supported on select smartphones from Google’s OEM partners, including ASUS, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE. You can visit this google page for instructions on how to install the beta on qualifying devices.
However, we have to warn you that this is still beta software, so you will need to proceed with caution if you install Android 12 on your “daily driver” smartphone.