Google made the surprise decision today to delay launch of Android 14 stable version, updated OS was originally slated for release on September 5th, but bugs have been discovered leading to a postponement.
Android 14 stable will now likely arrive on October 4th, coinciding with Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 smartphone unveiling, new timing was conveyed recently to OEM partners who were anticipating Android 14 base OS launch today.
Google had planned for some time to rollout Android 14 stable version in early September, well ahead of the Pixel 8 launch event. But the company apparently decided at the last minute to halt the release after finding vulnerabilities and issues needing resolution.
The specific bugs behind the delayed launch are not yet known, Android 14 Security Release Notes, which outline patched issues, are now expected on October 4th as well.
This postponement is an unexpected change of plans for Google and its partners. OEMs like OnePlus OxygenOS were preparing to push Android 14 base updates for their devices later this month. It’s unclear if Google enforces any formal delays until after Android 14 stable build is available.
While disappointing for those eagerly awaiting all the new features and improvements in Android 14 stable version, this delay ultimately stems from Google’s commitment to providing a quality software experience. The company no doubt wants to iron out any lingering bugs before the OS ships on Pixel phones and launches on other devices.
The October 4th Pixel 8 event is now primed to be an even bigger showcase with the stable debut of Android 14. But some may hope any further issues are discovered soon, allowing Android 14 to perhaps release sooner than the fall Pixel launch.