Android 15 release date: When will my phone get the update?

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Google has announced and shown off Android 15, which is the next major version of its mobile operating system. The development and release cycle of Android typically has a three-phase strategy, and that applies to Android 15 as well.

The first phase is always the Developer Preview phase, which happened earlier this year. It’s then followed by the more public Beta testing phase, and then the final, stable version comes out for everyone.

If you’re wondering when your current Android smartphone will get the Android 15 update, here are all the details so far.

When is Android 15 coming out?

Android 15 on stage at Google I/O 2024.
Google

As we mentioned already, the typical Android release cycle has three phases: developer preview, public beta testing, and the final release.

The developer preview began on February 16, 2024. With the developer preview, app developers get a look at the upcoming changes so that they can familiarize themselves with the new software. This lets them plan ahead to add new features to their own apps if desired.

On April 11, we had the first public beta of Android 15. This allows anyone who wants to try out the software ahead of release to test the new features. Beta testers can report issues and bugs to Google, which helps shape the final release of the software. The public beta versions are much more stable and less buggy than the developer preview builds, but remember — this is still early software, so it’s not going to be perfect.

A timeline of the Android 15 release date, showing its developer previews, betas, and final release date.
Google

Right now, we are in the second public beta of Android 15 since we are past Google I/O 2024. Beta testing is available to the public, so you don’t need a special invite or account. To download the Android 15 beta, you just need to enroll your device in the beta testing program.

Google usually has four beta updates, so we’re around the halfway point right now with Beta 2. The fourth beta should be “near-final” in terms of being ready for the general public (the Platform Stability phase), and Google has said that this should be ready sometime between July and August.

As far as the general public release window for Android 15, it should be sometime in the fall or toward the end of the third quarter of 2024. Going off past records, Android 14 came out in October 2023, and Android 13 launched in August 2022.

Google Pixel

Google Pixel 8a in Aloe.
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The easiest way to get access to the Android 15 beta is to have a Google Pixel device. That’s because Android is developed by Google, and the Pixel lineup is Google’s own hardware, similar to Apple’s iPhone and iOS, so it makes sense that Pixels would get the beta first.

The Android 15 beta is available for the following Pixel devices so far:

Unfortunately, the Pixel 5 and earlier won’t be able to get the Android 15 update. But if you have any of the above Pixel devices, then you’re good to go.

Samsung Galaxy

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra in Titanium Orange and in Titanium Silver.
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At the moment, Samsung has not announced any concrete plans about which of its devices will be able to get Android 15. But we can make some educated guesses.

First, Samsung offers at least two years of software upgrades, which it recently bumped up to seven for the latest Galaxy S24 lineup. With this in mind, it’s safe to assume that any Samsung device that shipped with Android 13 out of the box will be eligible for the Android 15 update.

A person folding up the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.
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Another set of devices that should get Android 15 are any flagships and midrange phones that launched with Android 11 and have four years of major OS upgrades, as that was Samsung’s policy prior to the change to seven years.

Here’s a list of possible Samsung devices that could get Android 15 based on those factors:

Galaxy S Series

Galaxy Z Series

Galaxy A Series

  • Galaxy A73
  • Galaxy A72
  • Galaxy A55
  • Galaxy A54
  • Galaxy A53
  • Galaxy A35
  • Galaxy A34
  • Galaxy A33
  • Galaxy A25
  • Galaxy A24
  • Galaxy A23
  • Galaxy A15
  • Galaxy A14

Galaxy Tab Series

  • Galaxy Tab S9 FE Plus
  • Galaxy Tab S9 FE
  • Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S9 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab S9
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab S8

There are also Smasung’s Galaxy F and M Series phones. In short, there are a lot of possible Samsung phones that will receive the Android 15 update. We just listed out some of the more popular and more recent devices, but as long as it falls within the criteria mentioned above, it should get Android 15.

We will hear from Samsung later with a confirmed list of supported devices for Android 15 and update accordingly.

OnePlus

OnePlus 12 Flowy Emerald held in hand against grass background.
OnePlus 12 Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

After Google I/O, it was revealed that the Android 15 beta would roll out to certain OnePlus devices starting May 15, 2024. These include:

Unfortunately, the OnePlus 12R does not seem to be able to get the Android 15 beta at this time.

The Android 15 beta update will have to be manually installed, and there are specific steps laid out for the process in the OnePlus forums. It is highly recommended that a backup is performed before installing, as there is a risk of bricking. The device needs to be running Android 14.0.0.610 and below — versions above this cannot be upgraded without rolling back first.

OnePlus Open in Emerald Dusk open halfway showing home screen.
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There are also some reported issues already. With the OnePlus 12, there may be some compatibility issues with Bluetooth connections; the Smart Lock function can’t be used, there are some abnormal camera functions, and some third-party apps aren’t yet compatible and could crash.

The OnePlus Open has the same issues plus some new ones, too. For one, you can’t get the smart select or cutout options when long-pressing the main body of an image in Photos. The size of the drop-down status bar quick switch also shows abnormalities after the screen resolution switches to High from Standard.

If that hasn’t deterred you from installing Android 15 Beta 2 on your OnePlus 12 or OnePlus Open, go ahead and check out how to install it on the forums.

Motorola

The Motorola Razr Plus, half folded with its cover screen on.
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Similar to Samsung, Motorola has not made any official announcements for its Android 15 support. So we’ll go off another educated guess again.

It’s pretty safe to assume that all Motorola devices released within the past year will be getting Android 15. This includes the recently announced Edge 50 series, last year’s Edge 40 series, the Edge Plus, the Razr Plus (Razr 40 Ultra), and Razr (Razr 40) foldables.

Motorola also releases many budget-friendly phones, like the Moto G 5G (2024) and G Power (2024). These should also get Android 15, though it’s unlikely all of Motorola’s budget phones will be updated.

Motorola is also known to roll out updates slowly, and it claims that some phones, such as the Moto G84 that came out in 2023, will not be getting Android 15. Such claims throw the rest of the potential updates into chaos.

Still, here’s a list of what devices are likely to get Android 15:

  • Motorola Edge 50 Ultra
  • Motorola Edge 50 Pro
  • Motorola Edge 50 Fusion
  • Motorola Razr 40 Ultra / Razr Plus
  • Motorola Razr (2023)
  • Motorola Moto X40
  • Motorola Moto G73
  • Motorola Moto G54
  • Motorola Lenovo ThinkPhone
  • Motorola Edge Plus (2023)
  • Motorola Edge (2023)
  • Motorola Edge 40 Pro
  • Motorola Edge 40 Neo
  • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
  • Motorola Edge (2022)

Again, this is speculation based on current Motorola support for its devices. We will update this list once we get a final confirmation.

Nothing

The Nothing Phone 2a and the Nothing Phone 2 with Glyph Lights active.
Nothing Phone 2a (Left) and Nothing Phone 2 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

At the moment, you can get the Android 15 Beta 2 on your Nothing phone, as long as it’s a Nothing Phone 2a. Unfortunately, it looks like it isn’t yet available on the Nothing Phone 1 or Nothing Phone 2.

This is a bit odd considering that the Nothing Phone 2a is the latest phone from Nothing, but it’s not a flagship — it’s a budget-friendly option that offers a fraction of Nothing’s unique design and features.

Hopefully, Nothing will add the Phone 1 and Phone 2 to the list of supported devices for Android 15 betas in the near future.

Honor

Honor Magic 6 Pro back
Honor Magic 6 Pro Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

Right now, the Android 15 beta is only available for the following devices from Honor:

If you have one of those devices, you can grab the Android 15 beta right now. Similar to OnePlus, there are some known issues already. Examples of bugs include the low probability of the phone restarting in certain scenarios, camera crashes, mobile screen mirroring not being available, HDR failure for photos, and more.

Not a deterrent? Go ahead and check the instructions on how to download the Android 15 beta for your Honor Magic 6 Pro or Magic V2 from the Honor Developers page.

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