Android upgrades haven’t been the coolest upgrades in years, and it’s a given. Where as an iPhone user you get a lot of new features once a year along with a version upgrade, the changes in Android come much more gradually. Also, you don’t know how the external adjustments will play out in the shoes of manufacturers like Samsung and Xiaomi.
Android 12 shows a whole new design and it feels like a whole new interface. It cannot yet be admired in all its glory in this first beta. This makes judgment difficult. Everything is fast and smooth on the Pixel 5, but that’s normal on the latest Google phone. Everything is bigger and has more space. It is good for some and maybe less for others. Everything also has rounded corners with a huge radius. It’s funny that an interface can be completed and not ready at the same time.
There are other improvements in Android as well, especially in the area of privacy. In this, Google mainly follows Apple, but not entirely. Greater attention to privacy is always welcome. It is not yet known whether the company dares to make choices at the expense of its own portfolio. Plus, there are a lot more changes making this a significant upgrade.
Google is taking a long time for the beta. The release won’t follow until September and before you find it on a Galaxy S21 or OnePlus 9, the leaves are already out of the trees. It then takes even longer with other phones. The appearance is new, but the story remains the same. The chance that you will soon find Android 12 on your phone is low, and the chance that you will see a lot of the new interface is even less with the use of skins that change their appearance.