All signs point to Oct. 4 as the Android 12 release date … maybe

Rumor has it, Android 12 will hit in the present day. Jack Wallen has but to see any clear indicators that is the case, however that is no purpose to surrender hope that your Pixel will obtain the OTA replace quickly.


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Again on Sept. 12, XDA’s Mishaal Rahman Tweeted an image that indicated Oct. 4 because the official launch of the Android 12 AOSP. He (and lots of others) took that as a clue the official launch of Android 12 would additionally come on that day (which occurs to be in the present day).

Rahman then verified that tweet on Sept. 30 to say a doc was launched for enterprise units that confirmed the Oct. 4 date for the Android 12 supply code launch. The discharge of the supply must also coincide with the discharge of Android 12 for Pixel units.

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I wakened this morning anxious to see if any of my Pixel units had any updates queued up. Sadly, my Pixel 5 knowledgeable me my system was updated at Beta 5. My Pixel 4 did have an replace, however that was as a result of (since updating my Pixel 5 to Android 12 beta), I hadn’t been utilizing the cellphone as usually.

So, because it stands, I’ve but to see any proof that in the present day, Oct. 4, is the official launch date for Android 12. 

Nonetheless, that does not imply it will not occur. Each time an official Android launch has been introduced, I get up enthusiastic about putting in it on my units, solely to be disillusioned Google’s launch clock does not coincide with my inner alarm.

Thus, the ready recreation begins. That ready recreation can get irritating. So, I made a decision to take a step to see if the Android AOSP for model 12 had been launched. For many who do not know, the AOSP is the Android Open Supply Venture and marks the discharge of the official open-source code of Android. 

To do that, I needed to set up repo with the command:

sudo apt-get set up repo -y

As soon as put in, I configured git with:

git-config --global person.title USER
git-config --global person.electronic mail EMAIL

The place USER is an actual title and EMAIL is a reliable Google handle.

Create a brand new listing with:


Become the brand new listing with:


Replace repo with:

repo init -u

Take a look at the grasp department:

repo init -u -b grasp

Lastly, obtain the Android supply with:

repo sync

The downloading of the supply took a while, so both stare on the display screen or step away and handle one other process. For me, because the supply downloaded, I picked up my Pixel 5, went to Settings | System | System replace and checked once more. 


So, I proceed writing.

If you do not have time to obtain your entire supply tree, you may merely obtain the construct listing with:

git clone

One of many issues I’ve observed with the beta releases of Android is that the OS is best at routinely informing you there’s an improve. I may faucet the examine button each second of each day of an official launch, however the improve will not develop into obtainable till Google is satisfied my system is worthy of accepting all of its surprise and magic.

SEE: Android 12 beta 3 now obtainable, bringing the discharge nearer to the Platform Stability milestone (TechRepublic) 

And that is simply it, there all the time appears to be some type of magic happening underneath the floor. Google can say, “Android 12 official launch will begin rolling out to Pixel units on Oct. 4, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.,” however that does not assure your system will probably be notified there’s an replace at 12:01. It may occur that day. It may occur the following day. And nobody appears to know precisely how that individual taste of magic works.

Nonetheless ready for that supply to obtain. 

Ultimately, within the WORKING_DIRECTORY, you will discover a .repo subdirectory that incorporates yet one more sub-directory, named platform. Difficulty the command:

much less | grep PLATFORM_SDK_VERSION

It’s best to see an indicator of the discharge model you simply downloaded. As you possibly can see, within the code I downloaded (Determine A), the SDK is listed as 30. That is Android 11. For Android 12 that will have been model 31.

Determine A


Clearly, the Android supply I downloaded was not model 12.

To be truthful, I downloaded that supply round 8:30 a.m. Japanese. At any level through the day, the Android 12 supply could possibly be made obtainable, at which level the complete launch for Android 12 will observe.

Suffice it to say, the official launch of Android 12 is upon us. I would not be stunned if my Pixel 5 popped up a warning in the present day to inform me the replace was able to be put in. If not in the present day, my guess is it’s going to occur someday this week.

Fingers crossed.

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