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Android 14 release date: When is the next update?
Google revealed its Android 14 schedule in February 2023, with the first developer preview going live the same day as the reveal. The timeline the company has planned out is very similar to the one the tech giant had for Android 13.
On September 6, Google released Android 14 beta 5.3, which everyone expected to be the last beta version before a stable release of the operating system. That wasn’t the case, however, as Google dropped the QPR1 Beta for Android 14, giving us a preview of the underlying OS for the upcoming December 2023 Pixel Feature Drop and quarterly platform release… before we’ve even seen Android 14 go live.
This newest beta is designed to be tested by the public. If you have a supported Pixel phone (or the Pixel Tablet), you can install Android 14 QPR1 now.
Considering this is previewing an upcoming build, he next update should surely be the stable launch. The system reached Platform Stability in June, so now it’s all about squashing bugs and getting things ready for primetime.
Android 14 timeline
Since the Android 14 release schedule was so similar to Android 13’s, it seemed fair to assume Google would follow a similar approach. Last year, Google had two developer previews and eight beta releases for Android 13 before it launched the official update. So there was a good chance we would see an Android 14 launch sometime in September. At this point, it’s possible we could need to wait until October.
As for which phones will get the new OS, you can expect all versions of the Pixel that haven’t reached their major OS update limit yet, which is every Pixel after and including the Pixel 4a 5G. Notably, that also includes the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet. However, the QPR1 Beta only supports Pixel 5a and newer.
The Android 14 release date for the Pixel will likely precede others, like always. Predicting the OS release date for Samsung, OnePlus, etc., is a little trickier to pin down, though. We’ll learn more about these launches in the coming weeks.
Here are the significant Android 14 schedule milestones we’ve seen in 2023 so far:
- February 8, 2023 — Android 14 DP1
- March 8, 2023 — Android 14 DP2
- April 12, 2023 — Android 14 beta 1
- April 26, 2023 — Android 14 beta 1.1
- May 10, 2023 — Android 14 beta 2
- May 25, 2023 — Android 14 beta 2.1
- June 7, 2023 — Android 14 beta 3
- June 14, 2023 — Android 14 beta 3.1
- July 11, 2023 — Android 14 beta 4
- July 27, 2023 — Android 14 beta 4.1
- August 10, 2023 — Android 14 beta 5
- August 18, 2023 — Android 14 beta 5.1
- August 25, 2023 — Android 14 beta 5.2
- September 6, 2023 — Android 14 beta 5.3
- September 20, 2023 — Android 14 QPR1 beta