Surprise! Pixel 3a and 3a XL receive unexpected OTA update

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On Monday, Google released the monthly Android security patch as well as the quarterly Pixel feature drop. Those with a Pixel 4 and later received the updates, but Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL owners, who weren’t expecting anything, had a special update of their own. The first Pixel mid-rangers (released by Google in May 2019) received a surprise 10MB update that didn’t include the latest security patch.

The Verizon list of this update for the Pixel 3a line says that this software version includes SP2A.220505.006, but keeps the May 2022 security level. The carrier states that “the current software update provides performance improvements for your device.” This week’s update has nothing to do with the expected bon voyage final update for the Pixel 3a line that is expected to happen next month.

The July update is the last for the Pixel 3a series and will allow Google gives Pixel 3a and 3a XL users a stable Android broadcast. That latest update for the mid-rangers will include patches that close all the major exploits already closed on other Pixel handsets.

The next Pixel models to get the chop (as RuPaul might say) are the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The pair will lose Android support in October 2022 after getting the Android 14 OTA update. It’s hard to believe that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will have EOL (End Of line) status before the end of this year.

For the latest update on your Pixel 3a and 3a XL, visit SettingsSystemSystem update
So what do you think of Google’s tradition of sending Pixel models losing support with a final OTA update? Starting with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it gives device owners the confidence to keep using their older Pixel phones.

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