- The official Android 12 release date for Pixel smartphones is October 19, 2021.
- Google Pixel 3 and newer phones began receiving the stable Android 12 update that day.
- It will be a bit longer before we see it on non-Google phones.
Google officially rolled out the stable build of Android 12 to AOSP on October 4, 2021. However, the official Android 12 release date for Pixel smartphones was Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Google announced the rollout in a blog post alongside the launch of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
If you own a Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, or Pixel 5a, your smartphone can download the official, stable version of Android 12. To do so, go to Settings>System>System update. If you’re not interested in waiting for the OTA to land on your device, you can follow these instructions to install Android 12 manually.
For the record, last year for the Android 11 launch, Google had the first beta out in June and the final launch in early September.
Android 12 release date: The timeline
Above, you’ll see the originally announced timeline from Google. Below, we have the actual dates that happened, and they stick relatively well with Google’s outline. Check out the official Android 12 release dates for each build:
- May 18, 2021: Android 12 Beta 1
- June 9, 2021: Android 12 Beta 2
- June 23. 2021: Android 12 Beta 2.1
- July 14, 2021: Android 12 Beta 3
- July 26, 2021: Android 12 Beta 3.1
- August 11, 2021: Android 12 Beta 4
- August 25, 2021: Android 12 Beta 4.1
- September 8, 2021: Android 12 Beta 5
- October 4, 2021: Android 12 AOSP
- October 19, 2021: Android 12 stable
If you own a non-Google phone, you will need to wait until the company that makes your smartphone rolls out the Android 12 update for your specific phone model. Stay tuned as we learn more about the Android 12 release date for more smartphones.