14 September 2021
Google is currently busy beta testing the fifth and latest Android 12 beta as it prepares for the stable rollout. It has confirmed that a public release is just "a few weeks away" but did not share a more specific timeline. But thanks to a new report from XDA, we have got a clue of when exactly that might happen.
As per Mishal Rahman, Google has plans to release the Android 12 AOSP (Android Open Source Project) build on October 4th. He spotted the date on an internal document that details release plans for various builds. The track record has been that Google usually launches stable and AOSP builds at the same time.
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— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) September 12, 2021
It is important that even if October 4th is indeed the release date, it will most likely see only Pixel phone users receiving the new Android version. There could be a few OEMs that may choose to release the update for select models but for the majority of the users, it will be a long update until they will hear the rollout news. And there will also be many who will never receive the update.
We have seen new Android versions become public during the August-September window. Android 12 release has undoubtedly got delayed significantly. One of the reasons behind the delay could be that Google is waiting until it the Pixel 6 series launch. We know that new Pixel devices boot the latest Android version out of the box.