After months of beta testing, Google finally unveiled Android 12 in full at the beginning of October. However, the company left the Pixel smartphones without them until the Pixel 6 duo announcement that happened a few days ago. Now, Android 12 is present in a very small portion of smartphones worldwide and we assume that this will remain the case until the next year. Android OEMs are starting to unveil their release schedules, and most of them are promising Android 12 to become a reality in most smartphones only in 2022. Today, it’s time for Vivo to disclose its Android 12 update schedule.
Vivo’s Android 12 beta release schedule starts in November
Vivo has revealed its Android 12-based FuntouchOS 12 beta release schedule. The update is set to come for around 31 smartphones under the S-series, V-series, X-series, and Y-series. The beta testing will start as soon as the next month. Obviously, the most recent flagships are served firstly, and the premium Vivo X70 Pro+ is the first in line to receive it.
December 2021 and January 2022
In December, the company will roll out Android 12 beta for the Vivo X70 Pro+, X60 Pro, X60, Vivo V21, and Y72 5G. Curiously, the Vivo X70 Pro, which was announced alongside the Vivo X70 Pro+ will get the beta build only in January 2022. Other smartphones will get the Android 12 beta in the same month including some mid-range devices. The starting batch of mid-range phones to get Android 12 includes the Vivo V21e 5G, V20 2021, V20, Y21, Y51A, and Y31.
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March and April 2022
In March 2022, the update will reach the X50 and X50 Pro, premium mid-range smartphones from early 2020. In the same month, the V20 Pro, V20 SE, Y33s, Y20G, Y53s, and Y12s will get the same treatment. At the beginning of April 2022, it’s time for the S1 and Y19 to get a taste of the latest Android version. By the end of the month, the V17, V17 Pro, S1 Pro, Y73, Y51, Y20, Y20i, and Y30 will get the same treatment.
Curiously, Vivo hasn’t mentioned Funtouch OS 12 anywhere in its official communication. However, it’s safe to assume that it will come as Funtouch OS 12 for global smartphones. Chinese units, on the other hand, should get the next Origin OS 2.0. Funtouch OS 12 is the latest iteration of the company’s global software and we already saw it running Android 11, but future versions should come with Android 12. One thing to note is that the current schedule is only for the Indian market. There is a possibility that the company will adopt a different strategy with the international markets.
The roadmap clearly states “beta version”. Therefore it’s hard to determine how long these devices will have to wait for a “stable release”.