Traditionally, at least in the last few years, we have seen the release of the different versions of Android come in two distinct phases. The first concerns the official announcement of the new version, which usually takes place around May at Google I/O and from which the different beta versions follow one another. Until the release of the stable version in mid-August. At this time, different manufacturers start updating their mobile phones with the latest version of the operating system. But from what we know now, it looks like this year will be very different.
We have to wait another month
The delay will be significant, ranging from a month and a half to two months. Because, as we now know, instead of mid-August, we have to wait until October 4th. And that’s nothing casual, because yes, as you already know, that’s usually the approximate day that Google celebrates the launch of its new high-end phones. This time we talk about the new Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro.
Then, on that day, Google finally releases the stable and definitive version of Android 14, which will be available on all compatible mobile phones. He was one of the leakers closest to the Android scene, revealing Google’s plans. And the fact is that although Android phone manufacturers have been waiting for the release of this definitive version today to start updating their most modern models en masse, in the end it won’t be like this.
According to Mishaal Rahman, the release date will be October 4, along with the new Google phones. It is understandable that, due to unforeseen events, it was decided at the last minute to postpone the entire launch. But it is at least curious that it coincides with the presentation of the new Google Pixel 8.
Will Google take Apple’s example?
We say this because, since the early years of the iPhone, Apple has been rolling out the stable version of new iOS releases on the same day that it celebrates the keynote event unveiling the new phones. Next week, Apple will unveil the iPhone 15 and, at the same time, release the stable version of iOS 17, the new operating system from the Cupertino makers. And who knows? Maybe Google has noticed and wants to start a new ritual this year by launching its operating system on the same day as its high-end phones.
A new version of the operating system that will bring some changes, not as important as those of previous versions but always important. Google continues to struggle with Android’s biggest problem, which is the huge fragmentation of its different versions. And unlike iOS, where the latest version always dominates on iPhones, this is usually one of the least common on Android, as many manufacturers tend to drop software support for their phones soon. In any case, we have to wait a little longer this year—a month.