Android 12: Smartphones likely to receive the official update in 2021


For information about the arrival of Android 12 only for Samsung phones, Android 12: Which Samsung smartphone will receive the update?.


As it happened in previous years, before the stable version, Google offered the OS in beta for the Pixel line, in addition to some devices from other manufacturers. During the testing period we had the chance to try Android 12 and our review of the beta version is available at the link below:

And even before the official announcement of Android 12, Google’s partner manufacturers are already announcing the list of phones eligible to receive the OS update to the latest version. In this article, you check out everything about this theme.

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Google

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

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:

NextPit Samsung galaxy S21 Ultra screen
Samsung offers new software updates for its smartphones for up to four years – the Galaxy S21 Ultra is obviously one of them / © NextPit

Xiaomi

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:

  • Blackshark 3
  • Blackshark 3 Pro
  • Blackshark 3S
  • Blackshark 4
  • Blackshark 4 Pro
  • Mi 10
  • Mi 10 Pro
  • Mi 10 Ultra
  • Mi 10S
  • Mi 10T
  • Mi 10T Pro
  • Mi 10T Lite
  • Mi 11 (in the beta)
  • Mi 11 Ultra (in the beta)
  • Mi 11 Lite
  • Mi 11I (in the beta)
  • Mi 11X Pro (in the beta)
  • Mi 11T
  • Mi 11T Pro
  • Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Poco F2 Pro
  • Poco F3
  • Poco M2 Pro
  • Poco M3
  • Poco X2
  • Poco X3
  • Poco X3 Pro
  • Redmi 9
  • Redmi 9 Power
  • Redmi 9A
  • Redmi 9C
  • Redmi 9T
  • Redmi K30
  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi K30S Ulltra
  • Redmi K40
  • Redmi K40 Pro / Pro+
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi Note 9T
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10 5G
  • Redmi Note 10S
  • Redmi Note 10T

    Devices that will not receive the update:

  • Mi 9 / Mi 9 SE / Mi 9 Lite
  • Mi 9T / Mi 9T Pro
  • Mi CC9 / CC9 Pro
  • Mi Note 10 / Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi K20 / K20 Pro / Premium
  • Redmi Note 8 / 8T / 8 Pro
  • Redmi 9 / 9A / 9AT / 9i / 9C
  • Redmi 9 Prime
  • Poco C3 *
  • Poco M2 *

    * = As listed in the website XiaomiUI [the confirmation list is currently being updated].

OPPO

NextPit Oppo Reno 4 screen
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.

  • A52
  • A73 5G
  • A91
  • Find X2
  • Find X2 Pro
  • Find X2 Neo
  • Find X2 Lite
  • Find X3
  • Find X3 Pro (no Beta)
  • Reno 4
  • Reno 4 Pro
  • Reno 4 Lite
  • Reno 4 Z

Vivo

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)
  • Vivo X51
  • Vivo Y70
  • Vivo Y20s

Huawei

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.

Honor

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

OnePlus

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.

NextPit OnePlus 8T screen
The OnePlus 8T is also a clear Android 12 candidate! / © NextPit

Lenovo/Motorola

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

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.

LG

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 G8
  • LG Q31
  • LG Q52
  • LG Q92
  • LG Q92 5G
  • LG V50
  • LG V50S
  • LG Velvet 5G (confirmed to receive Android 13)
  • LG Velvet LTE (confirmed to receive Android 13)
  • LG Wing (confirmed to receive Android 13)
NextPit LG Wing screen

The LG Wing certainly sports one of the more unusual smartphone designs. And yes, it will receive Android 12 / © NextPit

HMD Global/Nokia

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!

Sony

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

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)
  • Vivo iQOO 7Legend
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G

Which phones are taking part of the Android 12 beta version program?

During Google I/O 2021, the Android developer team announced the trial version for Google’s own line of Pixel devices, as well as selected devices from 10 different manufacturers: Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.

Check out the full list of phones that can already install Android 12 beta:

  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 4/ Pixel 4 XL/ Pixel 4a/ Pixel 4a 5G
  • Pixel 3/ Pixel 3 XL/ Pixel 3a/ Pixel 3a XL
  • Asus Zenfone 8 (ZS590KS)
  • OnePlus 9/ OnePlus 9 Pro
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro
  • Realme GT
  • Sharp AQUOS sense5G
  • Tecno Camon 17
  • TCL 20 Pro 5G
  • Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
  • Xiaomi Mi 11/ Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra/ Xiaomi Mi 11i/ Mi 11X Pro
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
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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.

Does your smartphone feature in this list? Do let us know in the comments!

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