According to a report by MIshaal Rahman at XDA Developers, Google will publish the source code for the latest Android 12 next month, on October 4, 2021. The source code will be published on Android open Source Project Gerrit, and it is highly likely to coincide with the Android 12 stable update release for Google Pixel phones. The report backs the claim by referring to Google’s previous launch pattern.
The Android 12 stable update may be released on October 4, as that’s when Google plans to release to AOSP. This tentative release date was also mentioned by a 3PL. pic.twitter.com/PMN802gQj0
Report suggests Google might launch Android 12 in October; to follow previous patterns
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) September 12, 2021
As stated in the report, Google released the source code for Android 9 on August 6, 2018. It was on this very day that a stable update for Android 9 was released for Pixel devices. Secondly, the Android 10 stable update was released on September 3, 2019, along with the source code. Additionally, Android 11 was also accompanied by a stable update rolling out to the Pixel device when the source code was released. On the basis of the examples quoted above, the Android 12 stable update might roll out on October 4, 2021, the same day when its source code will be released by Google.
However, since the launch date is not officially announced by Google, readers shall take this information with a pinch of salt. Android 12 is one of the major updates to Google’s mobile operating system in the past few years. With the Pixel 6 launch being rumoured extensively, it might be a possibility that Google launched their new lineup of smartphones with the new operating system. If Pixel 6 is launched before Android 12 comes out, the smartphone will surely be updated to the new OS.
List of Android 12 compatible devices
Samsung Z Flip3
Samsung Z Fold3
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 (including XL and A-series phones)
Oppo Find X3 Pro
OnePlus 9 / 9 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 11 / 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11i / 11X Pro
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra (only Chinese models)
TCL 20 Pro 5G
Asus Zenfone 8
Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
Sharp Aquos Sense 5G
Tecno Camon 17