Android’s update is almost here. It will be available to the public in a few weeks. To prepare for the stable release of Android 12, Google released a final beta build to let users offer last-minute feedback. Like the previous beta release, Android 12 Beta 5 features finalized SDK and NDK APIs, app-facing system behaviors, app-facing surfaces, and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces, so it’s time for developers to get their apps ready for the new OS.
The final beta update is also a release candidate build, which means this build should graduate to stable status. The stable release is still a few weeks away, according to Google, so there’s still time for them to catch any bugs that arise following today’s release.
You can download Android 12 Beta 5 today on all compatible Pixel phones, including the newly released Pixel 5a. Google’s web page provides links to all of the Android 12 Beta programs run by other smartphone makers, such as Sharp.