Android 12 reaches release candidate stage with Beta 5
Google has now released the final beta version of Android 12, or so it hopes. Android 12 Beta 5 is this year's release candidate, so Google will not be adding any other features between now and when a stable build arrives. Google may address some bugs between Beta 5 and the Android 12 final release, though.
According to Google, it should only take it a few weeks to finalise Android 12's official release, albeit only for Pixel smartphones. Google is also imploring developers to ready their apps for Android 12, having already finalised its APIs for its new OS when it reached Platform Stability at Beta 4.
Beta 5 introduces a few new consumer-facing features to Android 12 too, though. In short, Google has improved the Pixel Launchers' universal search and has added device controls to the lock screen. Unfortunately, they will not be returning to the power button as they are on Android 11. As 9to5Google has summarised, Google has adjusted the Clock app as well, among other things. The functionality of 'At A Glance' has taken a step back, which is a shame.
Additionally, Google has opened Android 12 Beta to the Pixel 5a, which it launched last month. You can enrol Google's latest Pixel smartphone through its dedicated website. Alternatively, you can try Android 12 Beta 5 using a GSI image or on the Android Emulator.