The last Pixel 3a and 3a XL update was released by Google today and was first announced at I/O 2019 more than three years ago. Officially, May 2022 served as the cut-off date for a guaranteed Android version and security updates, but traditionally, Pixel phones received one more update beyond that.
Although Google had previously stated that the final update would be released by July, only a minor VoLTE roaming release in June allowed the Pixel 3a to remain protected by the May security patch.
The update for today is from SP2A.220505.006 to SP2A.220505.008:
OTA OTA After the original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3, this is Google’s fourth phone family to stop getting updates. Today’s Pixel 3a is still running Android 12L. (12.1).
The phone’s failure to receive Android 12 QPR3 as its final upgrade is regrettable. Despite this, the quarterly platform release for 12L only included minor improvements. Performance is still pretty good in regular use.
Google’s first mid-range product, the Pixel 3a, marked a departure from its previous focus on high-end smartphones. It made the Pixel more accessible to more people and, by all accounts, was a commercial success without making many compromises in terms of specifications. Android 9 Pie is available out of the box with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor (octa-core 2.0GHz 1.7GHz), 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
It had an 8MP front camera and a 12.2MP back camera, both from Google. The Pixel 3a features unlimited Storage saver (formerly known as High quality) backup in addition to a well praised camera quality at this mid-range price.
Other common features include the 3.5mm headphone jack and Active Edge to launch Google Assistant. The typical polycarbonate unibody was available in Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish. While the $479 3a XL upgraded to a 6-inch display with 402 PPI and 3,700mAh, the $399 3a had to make due with a 5.6-inch (2220 x 1080, 441 PPI) OLED and 3,000mAh battery.
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