- The Android 12 developer preview was launched today and can be downloaded by Pixel users.
- The beta for Android 12 is set to launch later this year which will be more polished and is recommended to general users.
- Google warns users to download the developer preview on a test device as they will have to reset their whole device to access the Android 12 preview.
The Android 12 developer preview is here, and it is not meant for everyday users as it is bound to have bugs and battery issues. The developer preview is meant for app developers to test it before it is released more widely. This is the reason why Google has reportedly made it more difficult for general users to download the Android 12 developer preview. The beta for Android 12 is set to launch later this year which will be more polished and is recommended to users.
However, if you are okay with bugs and issues and completely resetting your phone to factory reset it again to get access to Android 11, you can give the developer preview a shot. Google warns the risk-takers to install the update on a separate test device and not on their everyday-use phone because there is no guarantee the preview will be stable enough for everyday use, several reports have noted.
Tech-savvy users should download the system image using the Android Flash Tool or sideload an OTA update using ADB commands. Google has shared files and instructions on its Android 12 site to help users manually download the preview.
For now, the Android 12 can be accessed on a PC, macOS, or Linux, phones from Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, or Pixel 5. A cable will be required to connect the two.
The Google developer page notes that users can alternatively install Android SDK tools and the USB drivers in case they are using Windows. To get the USB drivers, users should:
-- Click Tools > SDK Manager in Android Studio
-- Click the SDK Tools tab.
-- Select Google USB Driver and click OK.
-- Proceed to install the package.
-- Using the SDK Manager helps you keep the driver up to date by notifying you when your current driver is out of date.
-- Download the Developer Preview OTA image for your device.
-- Connect your phone to your computer.
-- Reboot into recovery (via ADB/USB debugging or the key combination) and enter sideloading mode — power+volume up opens the Recovery menu, scroll via the volume keys to "apply update from ADB," and select it with a tap of the power button.
-- Check that this worked by entering "ADB devices" (no quotes) in a shell or command prompt. If ADB is installed and your phone is in the correct mode, you should see an identifier for your phone, and a "sideload" state reported.
-- Flash the OTA via a shell or command prompt, using "adb sideload your_file_name_here.zip" with no quotes, where the filename is the name of the OTA image you downloaded earlier. On some platforms, you'll need to precede adb commands with "./" for it to work correctly.
-- Reboot when done.
Google has also made DP1 available with the Android Flash Tool, making the process pretty linear and straightforward, with no tools to install.
Users should access this link, connect their device through a USB cable, select the software they want to install and install the software on their device or follow the instructions by clicking on the link.