Android 12L Beta 3 now available, adds support for Pixel 6 series
Samsung dominated the technology world this Wednesday, with its announcements of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 devices, but Google apparently wants some time in the spotlight too. The third beta release of Android 12L is now available, and for the first time, it’s available to try out on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Android 12L Beta 3 has a build number of S2B3.220205.007.A1, and is available as emulator images for 64-bit x86 and ARM v8-A. You can also try it out on any Pixel 3a, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, or 6 series device — this is the first time the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are included in the Android 12L Beta. The expanded compatibility is the main highlight in this release, though the Android Developers Twitter account says Beta 3 also has an “updated testing environment.”
This update also has the usual list of bug fixes, including ones that affected weather information in the At A Glance widget, broke the screen-off animation, and caused the system launcher to crash when entering split-screen mode.
Download Android 12 Beta 3 for Google Pixel devices
Android 12L Beta 3 is available to download now for all currently-supported Pixel phones (RIP Pixel 3). It took around two weeks for the last beta to arrive on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, so you can probably expect the same delay this time around.
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For those who don’t prefer the manual installation route, you can install the Beta build using the Android Flash Tool. The web-based installer comes with a handy GUI-based wizard that greatly simplifies the flashing process. You can also enroll your Pixel in the beta to get an OTA update on your device.