Google launched the stable Android 12 earlier this month, in October 2021. However, no Android 12 smartphone was accessible. And, as promised, it is now accessible on the day of the Pixel event for Pixel phones. So, after a long wait, Pixel users can now experience Android 12 and its new Material You interface. Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL now have stable Android 12.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are two new Google phones that will come pre-installed with Android 12. Google demonstrated Android 12 features today at the Pixel 6 event, which will alter expectations for future Android releases. We already know what’s new in Android 12 because it’s been accessible to Pixel users in the beta and developer preview channels for quite some time.
Pixel phones with build number SP1A.210812.015 and Verizon phones with build number SP1A.210812.016 can get Stable Android 12. The OTA will be heavier because it is a huge upgrade and likely one of the largest Android releases. As a result, for the OTA update, be sure you utilize WiFi. When it comes to the upgrade, you’ll be able to make use of features like Material You, Theme customization, Privacy Dashboard, New Quick Settings, and more.
The Android 12 Stable update is available for:
- Pixel 5a
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4/Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 3a/Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL
Pixel phones will receive Android 12 as an OTA upgrade. It will take some time to be available on all devices, as is customary. The OTA deployment for carrier-based devices, on the other hand, can take a long time. In all circumstances, the update will be delivered immediately to your phone. The OTA will also be rolled out to eligible Pixel phones that are currently in beta. If you don’t get the update, unenroll or pull back from the Android 12 beta to acquire the newest stable version.
Users can opt-out of the Android 12 beta program without losing their data. Starting in December, Google plans to release the Android 12 beta upgrade (most likely 12.1). You will be allowed to unenroll from Beta at that point, but you will have to erase your device.
For Pixel phones that are eligible, Google has also shared factory images and OTA update files (You can download files here). If you don’t want to wait for the OTA, you may install the update manually using the supplied files. You can install an OTA update without unlocking the bootloader or erasing data, however, you must unlock the bootloader to install Factory Images. Installing Android 12 is covered in detail in our tutorial.