Android 10 was released on September 3, 2019 and Android 11 was released on September 8, 2020. So where is this year’s Android 12 release?
Instead of final Android 12 release this month, Google pushed ahead android 12 beta 5 And said the final release was “weeks” away. a new report from XDA Developers’ Mishal Rahman claims to take things a bit short, saying that Monday, October 4 is the magic date.
XDA says it has an internal Google document detailing a “tentative” release date for Android 12. The document actually only lists when the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) source code will be released, but developer source code releases and consumer Pixel releases usually take place on the same day.
The Android 12 stable update may be released on October 4th, when Google is planning to release AOSP. This tentative release date was also mentioned by 3PL. pic.twitter.com/PMN802gQj0
— Mishal Rahman (@Mishaal Rahman) September 12, 2021
The document looks like it’s meant for third-party device makers interested in licensing Google’s Android apps and lists a ton of dates for the OS’s support timeline. Of course, the core of Android is open source and anyone can do whatever they want with the source code, but if you want Google’s approval and a chance to license apps like the Play Store and Gmail, you’ll have to follow the rules. To push OEMs to ship new versions of Android on new devices, Google stops approving GMS licenses (Google Mobile Services—aka, all Google apps) for new devices at the two-year mark. The document also lists that Google will stop supporting the Android 12 codebase and the “ACK” or “Android Common Kernel” (Linux kernel with Android patch) with security patches is 3.5 years after its release. (Keep in mind that well supported devices will move to the newer Android version after the first year.)
Later releases make sense, as Google has a very To take care of this year. Android 12 is one of the biggest Android releases ever, coming with a completely new “Material U” UI for Pixel phones and including a wild automatic color-theming system. Devices will eventually start shipping Android’s “GKI,” or “Generic Kernel Image,” which will help integrate the Android Linux kernel into a variety of devices, and may even allow some devices to access the kernel via the Play Store. May also allow updates to be shipped. There’s an incremental file system, a new privacy dashboard, performance optimizations, and a million other changes for the play-as-you-download game.
Some of these new features won’t be fully revealed to users until the launch of the Pixel 6 (whenever), but the first major part, Android 12, is just a few weeks away.