September 30, 2023

Google was set to launch Android 14 round this time, and it usually delivers its new OS variations on its Pixel system lineup first. However proper after OnePlus introduced that it deliberate to aggressively roll out its personalized model of Android 14, Google has apparently backed off from its authentic Pixel launch schedule for some purpose. And it’s not clear what’s happening.

As you could have seen, Google yesterday introduced its new Android emblem and its newest, common, quarterly launch of recent Android options throughout all supported units. This announcement confused many purchasers, nonetheless—one publication even went as far as to publish an article known as Android 14 for Google Pixel just isn’t out but—as a result of the group was actually ready for that announcement. I used to be confused too, noting in my linked article above that “Google may finalize Android 14 any day now.”

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Proper now, it’s not clear when Google will launch Android 14, to Pixels or in any other case. And it may clearly occur at any time, nonetheless. However concurrent to the mysterious silence, an Android fanatic with good sources named Mishaal Rahman tweeted that “the supply code launch of Android 14,” which is given to {hardware} makers and kinds the premise for the open AOSP (Android Open Supply Challenge) model of Android has been delayed one month to October 4, 2023. And that date is attention-grabbing as a result of that’s when Google will announce the Pixel 8 collection. This has by no means occurred earlier than.

“[Hardware makers] had been anticipating that the discharge could be at the moment [September 5, yesterday now],” he added. “[Hardware makers] at the moment are being instructed that vulnerabilities detailed within the Android 14 Safety Launch Notes will probably be printed on October 4, 2023, so which may be the brand new launch date … if that is true, it will be the primary time that the AOSP launch has been pushed again to coincide with the brand new Pixel system launch.”

Naturally, many are questioning why Google is delaying the discharge. Did Google discover a last-minute safety or bug challenge with Android 14?  Rahman presents some clues and a few hypothesis.

“To be clear … September 5, 2023 was the date they’d deliberate FAR out prematurely,” he continues later in his tweet thread. “I … don’t know the way this will influence [hardware makers] like OnePlus [that] plan to launch their Android 14-based updates later this month. I don’t know if Google locations a proper embargo on steady releases till the OS is launched to AOSP.”

As Rahman notes, OnePlus introduced final week—I missed this in some way—that it will launch OxygenOS 14—its personalized model of Android 14—on a really aggressive schedule and be “among the many first” {hardware} makers to take action. OxygenOS 14 is about for a world launch on September 25, in about three weeks.

Having now written this, Google will after all announce the discharge of Android 14 at the moment or tomorrow, nullifying this whole dialog. And it’s attainable that the discharge schedules of the previous now not apply: as many Pixel lovers have observed, Google missed its typical launch date for month-to-month Pixel safety updates no less than twice in calendar 2023. Possibly that was a touch of a much less stringent total launch schedule.

We’ll see.