Google has been running late with the release of Android 12, at least if we compare this year’s timeline to the one from 2020 when it outed Android 11 on the first working Monday of September. Here we are today on the first working Monday of October, and Google is “officially releasing” Android 12, and pushing its source to the Android Open Source Project.
And yet – if you’re wondering about actual updates to Pixel phones, those are apparently only going to arrive “in the next few weeks”. So a release that isn’t a release – we thought we’d seen it all before, but this is a new flavor of weird.
Google says phones from Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi will get Android 12 “later this year”, which is no surprise as it always takes third party device makers a few weeks or months to adapt a new Android version to their particular vision(s).
All this said, if you’re interested in learning what’s eventually coming in Android 12, our review of the new OS is now freshly published, so why not take a look?