It may be easy to forget, but Google hasn’t always promised a ton of software support for its Pixel smartphones. Up until three years ago, the update promise included three years of security updates. And guess what devices were launched three years ago? The affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL. So you know what that means, right?
The May software update that Google began rolling out yesterday was supposed to be the last, but as usual the company is rolling out a bonus update for devices that are reaching end of life, from a software perspective. . This latest update will be delivered to the Pixel 3a and 3a XL “by July,” in Google’s own words. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it will happen in July or that it will be released in June when the monthly update hits the rest of the Pixels.
But by July if you own a Pixel 3a or 3a XL you’ll get its latest software update ever, so maybe it’s a good time to start looking for an alternative smartphone to buy and use, one that still gets updates, especially security ones. which can sometimes be extremely important.
Anyway, here’s Google’s full statement on the matter:
In May 2019, on the occasion of the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, we announced that the devices would receive three years of software updates and three years of security updates since our devices would first become available on the Google Store. . The final update for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be available to users by July 2022.
The 3a and 3a XL were the first Pixels to venture into mid-range territory, and now their story is almost drawing to a close, but the “a” (for “affordable”?) Line survives.