Android 12 received its Beta 5 last week with quite a few new, ‘Material You’ features and more. Mishaal Rahman points out the stable build is going to launch in the first week of October.
New Android versions are usually released in September. We have seen this at least for the past couple of years where Android 11 was released on September 8th, 2020 and Android 10 on September 3rd, 2019. This points towards the obvious fact that the Android 12 release has been delayed.
A month ago on August 3rd, Google introduced its Pixel 6 lineup of devices with Google’s in-house produced Tensor chipset. The rumoured launch date of the Pixel 6 series is speculated to be October 28.
When you look at the launch date of Android 12 which is just a few weeks before the launch of the Pixel 6 lineup it all comes together. Google would want their Pixel 6 devices to run on Android 12 out of the box. As the software has to be optimized to run on a different processor (Tensor) this time, this must-have led to the delay of Android 12.
The changes in Android 12 are also another reason that the update is delayed as there are many UI changes this time around as compared to the last two generations.
Pixel phones will be the first ones to receive the Public build when it goes live. If you are using flagship devices launched by other companies this year, you might get the update anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months as these companies have to work on their skins based on Android.
The launch date however is tentative and might change. We are still waiting for Google to announce the official launch date of Android 12. How excited are you for Android 12?