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Here are all the announced Android 12 beta programs from OEMs
Now that the keynote event of Google I/O 2021 is over, we are all very excited about the launch of the first beta for Android 12. As one would expect, Google’s line of Pixel smartphones will be the first to gain access to this beta software.
However, other OEMs have announced their own Android 12 beta programs. Obviously, they won’t be as far along in the process as Google’s phones and the device selection will be quite limited. Still, if you see your phone on this list, it’s very likely you’ll be one of the first to get Android 12 proper when it finally launches.
Be sure to bookmark this page as we will update it whenever we hear a new company announcement!
Google phones that work with the Android 12 beta
One of the main reasons to buy a Google Pixel smartphone is to be one of the first to access the latest versions of Android. However, some Pixel phones have aged out and won’t be able to access the Android 12 beta. They also will not see the stable Android 12 launch, although custom ROM developers will likely push an Android 12 release in an unofficial capacity.
If you want to install the first Android 12 beta on your supported Pixel, check out our guide here.
Asus’ Zen UI is very close to stock Android as well as Google’s own Pixel UI. It makes sense, then, that an ASUS phone would be eligible for the Android 12 beta.
Unfortunately, ASUS is only offering one of its phones for the beta program: the ASUS Zenfone 8. Considering this phone just came out and is still unavailable around most of the world, this likely isn’t helpful news for ASUS fans.
To be clear, the ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip is not eligible for this program. It’s only the vanilla model.
iQOO / vivo
The iQOO brand used to be a subsidiary of vivo but broke off into its own brand recently. Google must not have gotten the memo, though, as it still lists iQOO under vivo in its listings. Oh well!
Regardless, the only iQOO (or vivo) phone that will have access to the Android 12 beta is the iQOO 7 Legend. This India-exclusive phone came out at the end of April, so it’s still a bit tricky to get. If you’ve got one, though, you can give Android 12 a try.
Nokia / HMD Global
Considering most Nokia-branded phones released by HMD Global run on a close-to-stock version of Android, it’s unsurprising that it is pushing an Android 12 beta program. However, as with OPPO and realme, HMD Global is limiting the program to just one phone — one that hasn’t even landed in stores.
The phone in question is the Nokia X20, which launched in April. HMD Global says the phone will land in Europe sometime this month with a US rollout scheduled for later.
Even when you get your hands on the Nokia X20, it could be a while before you can install the Android 12 beta. So far, HMD has only committed to “the second half of 2021” for the rollout. We expect the stable rollout of Android 12 to occur in that window, so it’s possible Pixel phones would already be on a stable release by the time the Nokia X20 is just getting its beta.
OPPO is one of the first companies to reveal its own Android 12 beta program. However, the first launch is not technically a beta but a developer preview. This means OPPO is starting a few months behind Google, which has already released five developer previews of its own.
Also, OPPO’s program will only be available on one of its phones: the OPPO Find X3 Pro. Unfortunately, all other OPPO phones, including last year’s Find X2 Pro flagship, are ineligible, at least for now.
The first Android 12 developer preview is available now on OPPO’s Open Platform. OPPO has also confirmed that this version of the software will be Color OS 12, which continues on its new numbering scheme from last year.
OPPO and realme are sister brands, with the latter using the former’s Color OS platform up until last year. As such, it makes sense that realme would also have an Android 12 beta program of its own at the same time as OPPO. However, realme is one-upping OPPO by jumping straight to a beta program, skipping over the developer preview period.
Unfortunately, as with OPPO, realme’s program will only work on one of its phones: the realme GT. To make matters worse, the realme GT is currently exclusive to China. If you are in China and have a GT, you can give the Android 12 beta a shot now.
The good news is that realme confirmed that the GT will launch globally this month. Once you get it, you’ll be able to immediately install the beta. Not bad!
Sharp just turned a lot of heads with the announcement of the Sharp Aquos R6 — the first Android smartphone with a 1-inch camera sensor. Now, it’s going to turn heads by offering access to the Android 12 beta.
However, Sharp isn’t being too clear about when you can access the beta and on what device. Its page dedicated to this info just says “Coming Soon.” However, Google does reference it as being one of its partners for the beta program, so we hope to see some info on this soon.
TCL just launched a whole slew of devices in its TCL 20 lineup, only its second line of smartphones under its own branding. However, as with most of the companies on this list, TCL is only offering Android 12 beta support on one of its phones, specifically the TCL 20 Pro.
Of course, that means that all the other TCL 20 phones — not to mention any of the TCL 10 phones from last year — won’t work with Android 12 quite yet. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean Android 12 isn’t coming to any of those other devices, though!
Tecno might not be a well-known brand around the world, but it is quite popular in the select countries in which it is present. Those folks will be happy to know that there will be at least one Tecno phone in the Android 12 beta program.
That phone is the Tecno Camon 17, which launched earlier this month. It may be tricky to get your hands on one right now since it’s so new, but once you do, you’ll be able to slap Android 12 on that bad boy. Unfortunately, no other Tecno phones are compatible.
Unlike a lot of companies on this list, Xiaomi isn’t limiting access to the Android 12 beta to just one of its phones. Instead, it’s offering eligibility to four of its phones! However, all of them are in the same line.
The beta will work on the Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i, and Mi 11X. Those are all pretty new and some of them haven’t made their way all around the world yet. But, at least Xiaomi is covering numerous price points there so even the folks who can’t afford a Mi 11 Ultra can get in on the fun.
Finally, ZTE isn’t going to be left out of the Android 12 beta party. As per the trend, though, only its just-launched Axon 30 Ultra will be eligible. This latest flagship from the brand is still unavailable in many locations, so it’s unlikely too many folks will be able to take advantage of today’s beta launch.
However, once you get the phone, whenever it lands in your area, you’ll be ready to install the beta as soon as you take it out of the box.
That’s all we’ve got so far! As we said up top, be sure to come back to this page soon as we will no doubt have more OEMs to add to the list soon.