Just a few days ago, we’ve seen the screenshots of the upcoming Android OS – Android 12. Today, Google has finally kicked-off the first developer preview of Android 12 for Pixel phones. If you’re using the third-gen or newer Pixel phone, then you can sideload Android 12 developer preview on your device and explore its new features. Here’s how you can download Android 12 Developer Preview for your Google Pixel smartphone.
Note: The latest Android 12 Developer Preview 1.1 is now available for Pixel phones. You can download OTA and Factory images from here.
Android 12 – What’s New
Although, the developer preview builds not always carries the user interface changes. But that’s not the case with Android 12 developer preview build. Yes, the latest build knocks up with a slew of new features and changes. Starting from the UI changes, then Google has revamped the Settings app UI by splitting the search bar and Google Account avatar. Both the search bar and user avatar has gotten bigger in size in comparison to the Android 11’s Setting app. There is also a hidden flag with Silky Home naming, which lets you enable One Handed mode in the Settings app.
With Android 12, Google brings a new light blue accent color for system apps, including Settings app, notifications, and more. Pixel Launcher on the Android 12 receives a new option which let users enable 4×5 grid option. Google has also revamped the screenshot markup menu, users can now add emoji and text to the screenshots. Other than that, the next-gen Android OS is set to get a dedicated scrolling screenshot feature as well.
Aside from these changes, the newer OS brings AVIF image support to Android, H.265/HEVC video format, enhance privacy and safety, haptic-coupled audio effects, UI optimizations for tablets, foldables, and TVs, updates for notification panel, and much more. You can check the complete list of changes on Android Developers Blog or in our detailed Android 12 article. Now let’s take a look at how you can Download Android 12 DP1 for your Google Pixel smartphone.
Download Android 12 Developer Preview 1 for Pixel Phones
The Android 12 Developer Preview 1 is out for the Google Pixel owners. If you own Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, or Pixel 5, then you can taste the features of new OS. The factory OTA measures around 2GB of size for downloading. You can use the below links for downloading the OTA or complete factory image for your Pixel phone.
|Device Name||OTA||Factory Image|
|Google Pixel 3||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 3 XL||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 3a||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 3a XL||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 4||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 4 XL||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 4a||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 4a 5G||Download Link||Download Link|
|Google Pixel 5||Download Link||Download Link|
PS: Don’t sideload the developer preview on your primary smartphone, as the preview builds are not as stable as the beta builds.
You can check the step-by-step installation process by visiting our dedicated guide here. And start exploring the Android 12 on your Google Pixel smartphone.
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