Earlier this month in October 2021, Google officially released the stable Android 12. But Android 12 was not available for any device. And as we all expected it is now available for Pixel phones on the day of the Pixel event. So the wait is finally over and Pixel users can now taste the all-new Android 12 and its new Material You interface. Stable Android 12 goes live for Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are two new Google phones that will run on Android 12 out of the box. Today at the Pixel 6 Event, Google showcased Android 12 features that will also change expectations from upcoming Android versions. Android 12 has been available to Pixel users in the beta and developer preview channels for quite a long time and so we already know what’s new in Android 12.
The Stable Android 12 is available to Pixel phones with build number SP1A.210812.015 and for Verizon it is SP1A.210812.016. Since it is a major update and probably one of the biggest Android updates, the OTA will weigh more. So make sure to use WiFi for the OTA update. Talking about the update, you can enjoy everything such as 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
The Android 12 will roll out to Pixel phones as an OTA update. As usual, it will take some time to be available on 100% of devices. Well for Carrier-based devices, the OTA rollout can take time. In both cases, you will receive the update directly on your phone. The OTA will also roll out for the eligible pixel phones running on beta. But in case if you don’t receive the update, then remove or unenroll from the Android 12 beta to get the latest Stable Android 12.
Note: Google is allowing users to unenroll from Android 12 beta without wiping data. Google is also planning to roll out the Android 12 beta update (probably 12.1) starting December. And so at that point, you will be able to unenroll from Beta but you will have to wipe your device.
Google has also released the factory images and OTA update files for eligible Pixel phones (You can download files here). It means if you don’t want to wait for the OTA then you can manually install the update using available files. You can install an OTA update without unlocking the bootloader or wiping data but for installing Factory Images the bootloader must be unlocked on your device. You can check out our guide to install Android 12.