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After 8 months of testing and bug fixing, finally Google had released the most awaited 12th edition of Android i.e. Android Snow Cone, popularly known as Android 12 on 4th October.

When comparing with the older versions of Android family, Android 12 is a major upgrade over them, with lots of customisations and security features. With the introduction of Material You and and theme engine named “monet”, google had taken the customisations on the Vanilla android to the next level.

Major Features of Android 12

Privacy

The most important asset in the modern era is our Personal Data/information. After many years of awareness programs, peoples across the globe had started taking the privacy and safeguard of personal data seriously. Few weeks ago, an online survey forum had disclosed that, the market of personal data selling had grown to as big as $12 billion. So it had became important for Google to bring up some major changes to safeguard the personal information.

With Android 11 google had given users access to control which apps can use which permissions and monitor the permissions. But with Android 12, Google is making the accessibility of the permissions granted to the particular app more easy and handy.

Now you can easily find it in the quick settings toggle and can control the permissions granted to the apps. Apps requesting location data can now be restricted to having access only to “approximate” location data rather than “precise”.

Also an indicator will be displayed on the screen if an app is accessing the microphone or camera. Google had stated that, with the upcoming releases of Android 12 builds, they will add a feature, that will monitor the resources of the device being used by apps.

User-Interface

With the introduction of brand new Material Design language named as “Material You”, Google had given the system UI a refresh design. Size of the buttons are increased, new animations are added and, a new style for system wide widgets is added.

A new theming engine, codenamed “Monet” is introduced, which will allow the operating system to automatically generate a color theme for system menus and supported apps using the colors of the user’s wallpaper. With this Android release, Google had added the feature of taking scrolling screenshots too.

But, Google had decided not to make the monet theming open source with the v12 release. But there are rumours, that claim Google will make it opensource with v12.1 release.

Different Operating Systems based on Android 12

In the market, there exists variety of different Android skins, which are basically a tweaked version of vanilla android with added features and bloatware. With the official release of Android 12, many smartphone OEMs had started disclosing their tweaked version of vanilla Android 12 i.e. different skins/OS based on Android 12.

Let us discuss about them seperately. We will not divide them on the basis of their names, but on the basis of their Ultimate Owners.

Xiaomi

The No. 1 smartphone brand of India had announced MIUI 12.5 (a12) for Mi 11 series globally.

MIUI 12.5/13

There is nothing new in this release. Users complain that, instead of adding new features Xiaomi had added new sets of bugs. Additionally, many users reported issues of hard bricking after performing the update via inbuilt updater.

Although, we are looking at the 12.5 based on Android 12 as a test version. We believe that the superior build, solely based on Android 12 with new features will be released just after the release of v12.1 of vanilla android from Google.

Read More: What’s new in MIUI 13, what does the leaked screenshot indicate, which device will get the MIUI 13 update

Devices elegible for MIUI 13 update (as per Xiaomi update policy):

Under Redmi

  • Redmi 10
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10 5G
  • Redmi Note 10
  • Redmi Note 10S
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Redmi K40 Pro+
  • Redmi K40 Pro
  • Redmi K40
  • Redmi Note 9T
  • Redmi 9T
  • Redmi 9 Power
  • Redmi Note 9 5G
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G
  • Redmi K30s
  • Redmi K30 Ultra
  • Redmi 9 Prime
  • Redmi 9i
  • Redmi 9
  • Redmi 9A
  • Redmi 9C
  • Redmi 10X Pro 5G
  • Redmi 10X 5G
  • Redmi 10X 4G
  • Redmi K30i 5G
  • Redmi K30 5G Racing
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi K30 Pro Zoom
  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9S
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
  • Redmi 9
  • Redmi K20 Pro Premium
  • Redmi K30
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K20 Pro

Under Xiaomi Mi

  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 4
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 11i
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi Fold
  • Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 11
  • Xiaomi Mi 10s
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer

Under Poco

  • Poco M3 Pro 
  • Poco M2 Reloaded
  • Poco X3 Pro
  • Poco F3
  • Poco X3 NFC
  • Poco X3
  • Poco M2 Pro
  • Poco M2
  • Poco F2 Pro
  • Poco X2
  • Poco C3

Under Black Shark

  • Black Shark 4 Pro
  • Black Shark 4
  • Black Shark 3 Pro
  • Black Shark 3 
  • Black Shark 2 Pro
  • Black Shark 2
  • Black Shark 3S

BBK Electronics

Observing the recent happenings at various OEMs owned by BBK, we had concluded that, BBK is bringing all the skins used by its subsidiaries into a single source code. Due to which, one of the best android skin Oxygen OS had lost its existence and uniqueness. Now all the android skins under BBK looks similar to Color OS.

• Color OS 12 & Oxygen OS 12

We can say, now only Color OS is the original android skin from BBK and other skins like OOS 12, Realme UI 3 and Funtouch OS 12 are just copy of it.

Oppo had announced COS 12 officialy on 11th October for the flagship devices, like Find X3 series.

Basically, Oppo had introduced all the changes made in vanilla android to the Color OS. As theming engine is not open source yet, so Oppo had built a theming engine of their own. They had also introduced the privacy features added in Android 12 to the Color OS. With further releases, a new redesigned notification panel will be added.

We are adding Oxygen OS 12 with Color OS, because OOS is now just a renamed version of COS with some “exclusive” features for Oneplus devices. One such exclusive feature is Canvas AOD, which with OOS 12/COS 12 update can now be edited.

Roadmap for COS 12 and OOS 12 update (as per OPPO and Onelplus update policy):

Oppo and OnePlus devices

Early October 2021

  • Find X3 Pro
  • Find X3 Pro Mars Exploration Edition
  • Find X3
  • OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
  • OnePlus 9 5G

November 2021

  • Find X2 Pro
  • Find X2 Pro Lamborghini Edition
  • Find X2
  • Find X2 League of Legends S10 Limited Edition
  • Reno6 Pro+ 5G
  • Reno6 Pro+ 5G Detective Conan Limited Edition
  • Reno6 Pro 5G
  • Reno6 5G

December 2021

  • Ace2
  • Ace2 EVA Limited Edition
  • Reno5 Pro+ 5G
  • Reno5 Pro+ Artist Limited Edition 5G
  • Reno5 Pro 5G
  • Reno5 5G
  • Reno5 K 5G
  • K9 5G
  • A95 5G
  • A93 5G
  • Oneplus Nord 2
  • Oneplus Nord CE

The first half of 2022

  • OnePlus 9R 5G
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • OnePlus 8
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7
  • Oneplus Nord
  • Reno Ace
  • Reno Ace Gundam Edition
  • Reno 10x zoom version
  • Reno Barcelona Custom Edition
  • Reno4 Pro 5G
  • Reno4 Pro 5G 2020 Summer Custom Edition
  • Reno4 Pro 5G Artist Limited Edition
  • Reno4 5G
  • Reno4 SE 5G
  • Reno3 Pro 5G
  • Reno3 Pro 5G Classic Blue Custom Edition
  • Reno3 5G
  • Reno3 vitality version
  • K9 Pro 5G
  • K7
  • K7x
  • A93s 5G
  • A92s 5G
  • A72 5G
  • A55 5G
  • A53 5G

• Funtouch OS 12/Origin OS/ iQOO Ui 3.0

Its not unveiled yet, but the beta version of it is available for download. We can say, it is the only skin under BBK with minor similarities with Color OS. It will not be a debating point, if I say, with this build Vivo is merging the Origin OS with Funtouch OS.

The redesigned UI widgets, easiness to access camera and other stuffs, the induction of switch feature between Spotify and JOOX, introduction of Ultra Game Mode, all appears to be ported from Origin OS.

Widgets are more powerful, but surprisingly no theme engine type thing is introduced with this build, but is expected to land in future releases.

Devices elegible for Funtouch OS 12/Origin OS/iQOO Ui 3.0 update (as per Vivo and iQOO update policy):

Vivo device list

  • Vivo X70 Pro+
  • Vivo X70 Pro
  • Vivo X70
  • Vivo Y33s
  • Vivo X50
  • Vivo X50e
  • Vivo X50 Lite
  • Vivo X50 Pro
  • Vivo X50 Pro+
  • Vivo X60t Pro+
  • Vivo V21e 5G
  • Vivo X60s
  • Vivo Y52 5G
  • Vivo Y52s t1
  • Vivo X60 Pro
  • Vivo X60
  • Vivo X60 Pro+
  • Vivo X60t
  • Vivo S7t
  • Vivo S7e
  • Vivo S7
  • Vivo S9
  • Vivo S9e
  • Vivo V19
  • Vivo V20
  • Vivo V20 Pro
  • Vivo V20 SE
  • Vivo V21 5G
  • Vivo V21
  • Vivo V21e
  • Vivo X51 5G
  • Vivo Nex 3S 5G
  • Vivo Y52 5G
  • Vivo Y12s 2021
  • Vivo Y52s t1
  • vivo Y20s [G]
  • Vivo Y70
  • Vivo Y70s
  • Vivo Y73s
  • Vivo Y30G
  • Vivo Y30
  • Vivo Y31
  • Vivo Y31s
  • Vivo Y11s
  • Vivo Y20
  • Vivo Y20s
  • Vivo Y20G
  • Vivo Y20 2021
  • Vivo Y20i
  • Vivo Y12s
  • Vivo Y51a
  • Vivo Y51s
  • Vivo Y51
  • Vivo Y52s
  • Vivo Y21
  • Vivo S10 Pro
  • Vivo S10
  • Vivo Y73
  • Vivo Y72 5G
  • Vivo Y53s

iQOO device list

  • Vivo iQOO 5 Pro 5G
  • Vivo iQOO 5 5G
  • Vivo iQOO Neo3 5G
  • Vivo iQOO Z1x
  • Vivo iQOO Z1
  • Vivo iQOO Z3
  • Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
  • Vivo iQOO 7 (India)
  • Vivo iQOO Neo5
  • Vivo iQOO U3
  • Vivo iQOO U1x

•Realme UI 3.0

Realme had officialy unveiled the most awaited “port/copy” of Color OS 12 on 13th October alongside the launch of Realme GT Neo 2 in India. It is not wrong to say, Realme UI is just a carbon copy of Color OS with a stock android like feeling.

Coming back to Realme UI 3.0, Realme says that Realme UI 3.0 is solely targeted towards “young people” and has a design that is “Seamless Fun.” Realme UI 3.0 brings upgrades in design, fluidity, functionality, personalisation, and privacy. With this build Realme had introduced a new icons, with more 3D and dynamic look, and had named it as “Fluid Space Design”.

New AOD customisations are added with this build, which are looking to be copied from Oxygen OS. Now you can add Omojis to the AOD (if your display is Non-Ramless Amoled). Global Color Engine, a chinese counterpart of Material You, is introduced. Few changes in AI Smooth Engine are introduced.

Read More: Realme GT Neo 2 launching on 13th October in India along with Realme UI 3.0

Roadmap of Realme devices receiving Realme UI 3.0 update (as per Realme Update Policy).

October 2021

  • Realme GT 5G

December 2021

  • Realme GT Master Edition
  • Realme GT Neo 2 5G
  • Realme X7 Max
  • Realme 8 Pro

Q1 2022

  • Realme X7 Pro
  • Realme X50 Pro 5G
  • Realme 8i
  • Realme 7 Pro
  • Realme Narzo 50A
  • Realme Narzo 30
  • Realme C25
  • Realme C25s

Q2 2022

  • Realme X7
  • Realme X3
  • Realme X3 SuperZoom
  • Realme 8 5G
  • Realme 8s
  • Realme 7 5G
  • Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G
  • Realme Narzo 30 5G

Samsung

• One UI 4.0

Korean tech giant Samsung had released the beta version of One UI 4.0 months ago, but still official announcement for the stable build is awaited. One UI is considered as the best android skin, by many tech experts, because of its smoothness and stability. Let us explore the latest add-ons to the all new One UI 4.0.

One new major feature coming up with One UI 4.0 is called RAM Plus, a feature that adds up to 4 GB of virtual RAM to the smartphone. One UI 4.0 has adopted the new theming engine like the one from Android 12.

With the new build Samsung has improved the accuracy of Samsung keyboard, and also added an option to set the microphone mode for video calls. It basically boosts the caller’s voice to cancel out the environmental noise.

Read More: What’s new and what’s upgraded, know each and every feature about One UI 4

Devices elegible for One UI 4.0 update (as per Samsung update policy).

Samsung Galaxy S-series

  • Galaxy S21 5G
  • Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S20/5G
  • Galaxy S20+/5G
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra/5G
  • Galaxy S20 FE/UW/5G
  • Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note-series

  • Galaxy Note 20/5G
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra/5G
  • Galaxy Note 10/5G
  • Galaxy Note 10+/5G
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Fold & Flip

  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2/5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip/5G
  • Galaxy Fold/5G

Samsung Galaxy Tab-series

  • Galaxy Tab S7/5G
  • Galaxy Tab S7+/5G
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S6/5G
  • Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Samsung Galaxy A-series

  • Galaxy A71/5G
  • Galaxy A51/5G
  • Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A03s
  • Galaxy A52s 5G
  • Galaxy A12 Nacho
  • Galaxy A22/5G
  • Galaxy A32/5G
  • Galaxy A72
  • Galaxy A52
  • Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy M-series

  • Galaxy M52 5G
  • Galaxy M22
  • Galaxy M21 2021
  • Galaxy M32/5G
  • Galaxy M42 5G
  • Galaxy M12
  • Galaxy M62

Samsung Galaxy F-series

  • Galaxy F22
  • Galaxy F52 5G
  • Galaxy F62
  • Galaxy F12

Other Samsung Galaxy smartphones

  • Galaxy Quantum 2
  • Galaxy Xcover 5

Best Android Skin

Based on the Poll conducted at our Telegram group, we had selected the best Android 12 based skins.

  1. Pixel UI (Stock Android 12 for Pixel)
  2. One UI 4.0
  3. Oxygen OS 12
  4. Realme UI 3.0
  5. Color OS 12
  6. Miui 12.5/13
  7. Flyme OS 10
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Keshav Agarwal

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