Android 12 can be released on October 12th

Android 12 can be released on October 12th

Tech Highlights:

  • Android 12 has taken longer to bake than many of its predecessors, but the end might finally be in sight. XDA editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman claims Google plans to release the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version of Android 12 on October 4th. As the company often releases polished public releases at the same time as AOSP, that hints Pixel owners may get their upgrade starting that day.

  • Google has been testing Android 12 in its developer preview and beta programs for months, and we’re getting close to release. How close? If a new report is to be believed, it could be as soon as Oct. 4. Of course, the official release is just the first step along the way to getting an update on existing phones. It could take much, much longer to get an update on your device, if it ever happens at all.

If the timing holds up, this also sets expectations for the Pixel 6 launch. Google can’t really ship its new range-topping phones without Android 12, so it’s unlikely to formally debut the Pixel 6 before that date. We wouldn’t be surprised if the hardware only surfaced sometime later in October.

Google released the first preview build of Android 12 last spring. Since then, we’ve gone through a handful of previews, and now five beta versions. That brings us to the end of the timetable Google provided when it announced Android 12. However, the company has yet to provide a release date.

Be prepared to wait if you aren’t using a Pixel. While some phone makers tend to be quick and release major Android updates within weeks, many others take months. Samsung didn’t start deploying Android 11 until December 2020, three months after Google officially released the OS. As much as Google has done to shorten update delays with efforts like Project Treble, it still takes time for companies to both adapt Android to heavily-customized interfaces and test the software with customers and carriers.

According to XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, the big day could be in just a few weeks. This claim stems from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) release schedule. According to the latest info, Google will be making the open source version of Android available to all on Oct. 4, and it would stand to reason that’s also when it will start coming to phones. Not very many phones, though.

Even if you can download Android 12 from AOSP, that won’t do most of us any good. It’s possible to build an installable ROM from the AOSP files, but only some phones support that without jumping through numerous hoops. The only phones that will see updates immediately following the release are Google’s Pixel phones. Pixels will also be ready to take advantage of all the new theming features of Android 12 at launch.

For non-Pixel phones, you’re going to be waiting at least a few months. Samsung usually updates its last-gen flagships within 2-3 months, but that’s a best-case scenario.

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