Google solely launched Android 11 a few months ago, however the firm is already hard at work on the platform’s subsequent yearly improve. It is generally tough to determine which telephones and tablets will likely be eligible for future Android OS updates, so on this roundup, we’ll let you know when (or if) you may count on Android 12 in your system.
Most system makers do not say which telephones or tablets will get the following Android replace till after Google has already released it. In some instances, producers nonetheless keep quiet after that time, leaving system homeowners in the dead of night. That is normally not a very good omen for future assist, however there have been instances of telephones and tablets suddenly receiving an Android update with no prior warning.
Few corporations have already mentioned their replace plans for Android 12, however we will make educated guesses for the remainder of them.
Samsung’s replace plans for its telephones have been all the time a bit nebulous, particularly for its price range telephones, however that finally changed final yr. Samsung now guarantees to provide most of its new telephones and tablets “three generations” of Android updates. In different phrases, most units that began on Android 10 ought to get Android 11 (as a lot of them have already got), Android 12, and Android 13. For many units beginning with Android 11, just like the Galaxy S21, assist ought to final till Android 14.
Samsung shared a list of phones and tablets with three years of support final yr, all of which will certainly get Android 12:
- Galaxy S sequence: Galaxy S20 Extremely 5G, S20 Extremely, S20+ 5G, S20+, S20 5G, S20 along with S10 5G, S10+, S10, S10e, S10 Lite ,and upcoming S sequence units
- Galaxy Notice sequence: Galaxy Note20 Extremely 5G, Note20 Extremely, Note20 5G, Note20, Note10+ 5G, Note10+, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite, and upcoming Notice sequence units
- Galaxy Foldable units: Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold, and upcoming Z sequence units
- Galaxy A sequence: Galaxy A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G and choose upcoming A sequence units
- Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G3, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G4, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite, and upcoming Tab S sequence units
Samsung has launched just a few telephones since then, however any future telephones within the S, Notice, or Z sequence are robotically included. It is tougher to invest about which pre-2020 telephones will obtain Android 12. Samsung previously said that “flagship fashions from the Galaxy S10 (Android 9) or later” are additionally eligible for 3 years of assist, so the Galaxy S10 and Note10 sequence also needs to get Android 12.
As for when the above-mentioned units will get Android 12, that is tougher to reply. Samsung normally begins updating its flagship telephones just a few months after Google releases the improve, with tablets and price range telephones coming later. For instance, Google launched Android 11 on September 8th final yr, whereas rollouts to the Galaxy S20 and Note20 sequence did not begin until December (no less than in the US).
Google’s telephones have all the time obtained day-one updates every time new Android variations grow to be out there, so in case you have a Pixel telephone, you are getting Android 12 as quickly as Google releases it. You even get the choice to strive the replace earlier than Google releases it, since Pixel telephones are eligible for the Android Beta Program, however that is solely a good suggestion if you happen to can stay with just a few bugs.
Pixel units obtain three years of OS and security updates, so the Pixel 3, 4, 5, 3a, and 4a/4a 5G will get Android 12. Google dropped assist for the Pixel 2 last year, and except one thing adjustments, Android 12 would be the closing replace for the Pixel 3 (and presumably 3a/3a XL).
Though Nokia’s first Android telephones have been offered on the promise of quick and long-lasting Android updates, the corporate hasn’t lived as much as that promise in a while. Android 11 was launched on September 8th, and it took another month for Nokia to only say which telephones could be up to date. Though the primary batch of updates was promised for the final quarter of 2020, the method solely started in February of this year.
Nokia’s authentic Android 11 replace timeline. Updates truly began in February 2021, not This autumn 2020.
Given how the Android 11 improve course of goes, it is in all probability protected to imagine no Nokia telephones will get Android 12 till no less than January 2022. A lot of the firm’s telephones get two OS updates, so in case your mannequin shipped with Android 10 or 11, you ought to get Android 12… in some unspecified time in the future.
Though OnePlus has achieved a poor job of releasing Android security patches on time, main OS updates are nonetheless being rolled out comparatively rapidly. Google launched Android 11 on September 8th, and it arrived on the OnePlus 8 and eight Professional about a month later. Nevertheless, the remainder of the corporate’s lineup is still waiting.
OnePlus already confirmed the OP5 and 5T is not going to obtain Android 11, so it is seemingly that the OnePlus 6 and 6T will likely be dropped through the transition to Android 12. The OnePlus 8/8T sequence and all Nord telephones will certainly get Android 12, and almost definitely the 7/7T sequence too. If the Android 11 rollout is something to go by, it’ll in all probability take no less than six months to achieve the corporate’s total product lineup, and presumably longer.
We do not have particular predictions for what to anticipate from different producers, but when your telephone or pill got here with Android 11, it’ll in all probability get an replace to Android 12 someday in 2021. Sadly, with how a lot variance there may be in typical rollout schedules, even between telephones produced by the identical firm, offering a concrete reply is subsequent to not possible.