Google Releases Android 12 Beta 5

Posted on September 8, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 4 Comments

Today, Google announced the release of Android 12 Beta 5, adding that we’re just weeks away from the official release.

“As we put the finishing touches on the new version of Android, today we’re bringing you a final Beta update to help you with testing and development,” Google vice president Dave Burke announced. “For developers, now is the time to make sure your apps are ready.”

For me, now is the time I can move my new Pixel 5a off of the suddenly tired-looking Android 11 and start using the new system again: with Beta 5, the Pixel 5a has been added to the list of eligible devices, joining the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, 3a and 3a XL, 4 and 4 XL, 4a, 4a (5G), and the Pixel 5, plus select devices from other hardware makers.

As for new features, there aren’t any: Android 12 hit platform stability with the previous milestone, Beta 4, in early August.

“Stay tuned for the official Android 12 launch coming in the weeks ahead,” Mr. Burke adds.

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4 responses to “Google Releases Android 12 Beta 5”

  1. retcable

    This would be far more interesting if Android 12 were something the average user could install on their device the day/date it is released, but sadly that will not be the case. Despite all of Google's efforts to get device makers to allow updates of any kind, security or OS, one still has to buy a new phone to get the latest version of Android. So, for many months after Android 12 is released, nothing much will happen, and that is just perfectly normal in the Android world, and evidently people are quite happy with that, as there doesn't seem to be much hue and cry from Android users about it.

    • hellcatm

      People who want 12 on day one without getting a new phone can get a Pixel device. I have a 3XL and I'll get it on day one. I think Nokia's get the update right away too, but don't mark my word on that. So stop getting Samsung or Plus One devices and get a Pixel. It's that simple.

      • zeratul456

        Pretty darn sad that Samsung and friends can't keep their thousand dollar devices up to date though.

      • retcable

        One brand of phone, out of all Android makers, out of the hundreds of models they sell, thank you for making my point. All of the other Android phone manufacturers, plus all the carriers, will be "testing" the new OS for months, and even years, before allowing their users to install it, if they ever do, which in most cases, they won't allow it. This "testing" of course means they will be modifying it and adding all their bloat- and crap-ware, skins, and other "customizations" which takes those months and years. It's all just a huge mess that Google is totally unable to get under control, or doesn't want to get under control.