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Strong evidence suggests Google could roll out stable Android 12 on this date

An internal Google document suggests the stable Android 12 build may not roll out this month.

Published onSeptember 13, 2021

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  • An internal Google document may have outed the release date for stable Android 12.
  • The information strongly suggests Android 12 might launch in the first week of October.

Google released the last and final beta build for Android 12 last week. At the time of rolling out the release candidate, the company said that the stable Android 12 update is just a few weeks away. Now, evidence gathered by XDA Developers points to an exact date when that might happen.

The publication got its hands on an internal Google document that lists the dates for when Google will stop approving software builds for new devices based on Android 10, Android 11, and Android 12. It also lists the AOSP release dates of these builds, including information for Android 12.

As per the document, the Android 12 AOSP release — the date when Google plans to put out the source code for the new software — is set for October 4. This is also when Google can be expected to roll out the stable Android 12 update. Why? Because previous stable versions of Android have also landed on the same day as their AOSP releases.

As XDA points out, Google released the source code for Android 9 on August 6, 2018, the same day as its stable release. Android 10 and Android 11 also hit stability on the day their source code was released. This strongly suggests that Android 12’s October 4 AOSP release could also be the day we see the stable version of the software land on Pixel devices.

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That said, let’s not rule out the possibility of Android 12 launching in September altogether. After all, Google hasn’t revealed a firm release date for it just yet. For all we know, the October 4 date might not be final even though it lines up with Google’s announcement that Android 12 will launch in a few weeks.

If you can’t wait for the stable Android 12 build, you can always get the latest beta which is as close to the final thing as possible.

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