Recently, Google released the first developer preview of the upcoming Android 12 operating system. In addition, the company has also published its schedule for the different developer previews, beta releases, and final release. Starting February 2021, the developer preview program of Android 12 will run until the final public release which is planned for later this year.
Moreover, the company will send updates for the development and testing environments at the key development milestone including SDK tools, system images, emulators, API reference, and API diffs. As per the official schedule, Google will deliver two more developer previews until April this year.
On the other hand, the first public beta of Android 12 is expected to be released in May 2021. The first public beta will be more stable than the developer previews and users will be able to easily get the Android 12 update through the Android Beta Program.
After bringing three public beta updates, the 4th Android 12 beta will be marked as Platform Stability. It means the development process of Android 12 is identically ended. After the fourth public beta, Google has not revealed the timeline for the stable release. Meanwhile, the stable Android 12 for Pixels may be released in the third quarter of this year.
However, the Android 12 schedule could be changed due to any technical reason, or delivering additional developer previews can also delay further plans. As of now, the development of the next generation of Android is underway, and we can expect new information on this matter in the coming days.