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Android 12 gets a source code release—but not a Pixel release

October 4, 2021

Here’s a strange development. Plenty of people thought today would be the official release of Android 12, which would make the nearly eight-month beta process one of the longest ever for Google’s latest operating system. Today, Google is releasing Android 12, sort of—but only in source code form. There aren’t any day-one updates for any device, even the Pixel phones.

Android is developed in secret (though nothing is really secret when you have an eight-month beta process) and then released as open source code once it’s done. Usually, this also includes a release to Pixel phones—one of the big benefits of owning one.

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