Possible Android 12 release date spotted


If you, like us, can’t wait to try out the new version of Android since Google gave us an update at its I/O 2021 event back in May, we might not have to wait too much longer. Android 12, the version yet to be released, has been in the oven for much longer than its predecessors but XDA-Developers’ editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman says the update could get a 4 October stable release.

If you have a Pixel then your Android 12 wait is nearly over

The thought here is that, if the screen capture in the tweet is accurate, Google will release the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version of Android 12 on 4 October. The company usually releases the first stable release then as well, so Pixel owners could have it then. And yes, Pixel owners will get it first and the rest of us will have to wait for Samsung or Xiaomi or whoever your manufacturer is to integrate Android 12 into their OS.

If this is indeed the right timeline, it’s also likely that Google debut’s its new Pixel 6 devices soon. We’re not sure on the timeline for those but we’re willing to bet they won’t be seen before the Android 12 release. The most likely scenario is that we see the new Pixels late next month, going from Google’s “this fall” announcement.


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