Android 12: Smartphones likely to receive the official update in 2021
05/18 update: lists from Asus, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi updated with recent mobiles and announcements about the companies’ update policies, and manufacturers with devices participating in the Beta test.
Google’s Android 12 has also been given the nickname “Snow Cone”, with the Beta version already available so that smartphone manufacturers can get a brief look at what to expect. The entire rollout formula is set to remain unchanged.
With the Beta following the earlier Developer Previews, expect the Beta to be updated several times in the coming months, before the final stable build of the OS is officially unveiled this fall. Android 12, as usual, will appear on Google’s range of Pixel smartphones first. From there, it is a waiting game to see just how fast the other smartphone manufacturers are able to work on customized versions that will run on their own devices.
The wait isn’t just about smartphones that are set to receive the latest Android version, but also whether certain models will even be in the running. In order to help you navigate through a bloated list, we will constantly update this article with the latest information and To help you find your way through this product and update jungle, we’ll keep this post current with the latest details from various manufacturers.
Beta on devices from 11 manufacturers
During the Beta 1 launch for the new version of the system on Google I/O, Google announced that the trial version will be available on selected devices from 11 different manufacturers: Asus, Google, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.
Google expanded its partnerships to offer the beta version to devices from more brands / © Google
We will update the list of devices as soon as the models are confirmed by the manufacturers.
Google will, of course, lead the way again: the moment a stable build of Android 12 is finalized, the software will also be made available for its own range of Pixel smartphones – as long as they’re new or recent models. Do expect the following models to receive the Android 12 update.
Samsung looks to have upped its game in terms of software and security updates. While the South Korean conglomerate is not the fastest to roll out new Android iterations on their smartphones, they recently announced that they will be offering up to four years of software updates for many of their recent smartphones. This translates to a slew of devices that will receive Android 12 when available:
Samsung offers new software updates for its smartphones for up to four years – the Galaxy S21 Ultra is obviously one of them / © NextPit
The Chinese manufacturer is certainly not shy when it comes to flooding the market with a myriad of smartphones to cater to every single level, with many devices also hoping to see an update. Xiaomi normally delivers two major Android updates for its models, so the following devices could receive Android 12 in due time:
The Reno 4 is one of the models that can hopefully look forward to Android 12 / © NextPit
Two major Android updates happen to be the industry standard and OPPO, a company that is currently carving out a name for itself in Europe, is no exception. The Chinese manufacturer also has its fair share of Android 12-capable devices in the running, were among these ought to include the upcoming Find X3 series that is set to be revealed not too long down the road.
Reno 4 Pro
Reno 4 Z
Reno 4 Lite
Find X3 Pro (in the beta)
Find X2 Pro
Find X2 Neo
Find X2 Lite
Vivo has established its presence in numerous markets in Asia for a while now but is still a relative newcomer to the European scene. The models marketed in this region are still very new, so all of them should also receive Android 12 as part of Vivo’s 2-year update policy.
Vivo iQOO 7Legend (in the Beta)
Well, what can we say about Huawei? For the sake of completeness, we’re including this Chinese manufacturer, but I probably don’t need to tell you the probability of their devices receiving another Android update ever. Rather, we suspect that their newer models would most likely rely on their very own Harmony OS.
With Honor, it looks rather similar to Huawei considering how it is an offshoot of Huawei. Although they are now an individual company and are looking forward to producing 100 million smartphones in 2021. Honor is still finding its way around, especially getting in the good books of Google by being part of the “Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology” consortium as part of shedding their Huawei connection. New models such as the global Honor View 40 will be powered by Android and supports Google services, but it remains to be seen what kind of support will their older smartphones receive.
Honor View 40
We have been used to OnePlus’ exemplary update policy and snappy implementations of the latest Android versions during the company’s early years. However, the introduction of additional series seemed to have slowed OnePlus down, as budget-oriented models such as the Nord N10 5G will only receive one major Android update, maxing out at Android 11 (which it hasn’t received yet even though the OnePlus Nord already did). These are the models that are tipped to receive Android 12.
The OnePlus 8T is also a clear Android 12 candidate! / © NextPit
Motorola also has its fair share of troubles with Android. It was once the poster child for Android updates, but somewhere along the way, the journey from Hero to Zero happened as Lenovo took over Motorola. It is not guaranteed for each model to receive 2 years of updates, and Motorola smartphone owners have long waited for new software updates to arrive – if ever. Still, there is a slight glimmer of hope for the following models to get a taste of Android 12:
Realme has announced 2 major updates for its flagship X and Pro series and of course, the upcoming Realme GT is also set to receive the Android 12 update.
In April 2021, LG announced the closure of its smartphone division after 19. A few days after the announcement, LG announced its commitment to update its existing smartphones to Android 12. The information was published on LG’s South Korean website
In addition to the list of updates for Android 12, we also had confirmation of the models that will receive Android 11 by the end of 2021, as well as those that will be updated to Android 13. The LG phones that are confirmed to receive the next version of Android are as follows:
LG Velvet 5G (confirmed to receive Android 13)
LG Velvet LTE (confirmed to receive Android 13)
LG Wing (confirmed to receive Android 13)
The LG Wing certainly sports one of the more unusual smartphone designs. And yes, it will receive Android 12 / © NextPit
Nokia is also one candidate that delivers updates reliably but is not the fastest in the market. The following models will most probably receive Android 12 will – hopefully not when Android 13 is out!
The Japanese company joins the group of manufacturers who promise at least two major updates for its flagship smartphones. Officially, Sony has not confirmed an upcoming update yet, but we do expect Android 12 on the following devices:
ASUS should at least release Android 12 to its current gaming smartphone and the ZenFone 7 (Pro). With the ROG Phone 5, this new gaming smartphone from the Taiwan-based company is set to blaze a new trail upon its release, and would naturally be in line for Android 12.
Other brands and models
TCL 20 Pro 5G (in the beta)
Tecno Camon 17 (in the beta)
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G (in the beta, China-only)
Does your smartphone feature in this list? Do let us know in the comments!