Google mentioned that the smartphones compatible with Android 12 are Pixel 3, Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G, the Pixel 5, and the Pixel 5A. Thus, leaving the Pixel 2 and 2 XL behind. But luckily, there are custom ROMs to the rescue. The Google Pixel 2 XL gets its first custom ROM based on the latest operating system.
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A Custom ROM is a third-party firmware that replaces the pre-installed version of Android on devices. For now, the official OS available for Pixel 2 and 2 XL is Android 11. The 2017’s premier Pixels are not eligible to get any further major OS updates. Therefore, the owners will miss all the Android 12 overhaul, amazing theming system, Privacy Dashboard, and much more.
But not anymore! because ProtonAOSP has provided a chance to explore Android 12 on your Pixel 2 XL. While the predecessor model will also gain access later sometime as the team is in woking. So now, you can hold on to your older device and still get all the goodies from the latest stable channel.
Besides the core Android 12 features, the build also adds some additional tweaks to ensure its smooth functioning. Also, the package is available as a factory image, making it easier to flash Android 12 on Pixel 2XL as to stock a factory image. In case you encounter any problem, try upgrading your on-device system partition.
However, do keep in mind that this is a custom ROM build therefore, you may face some issues in operating. But again, currently, this is the only way to experience Android 12 on your Pixel 2 XL.