Final update for Pixel 3a and 3a XL revealed today

Final update for Pixel 3a and 3a XL revealed today

tl; Dr

  • Google will release Android 12L for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
  • This latest update is expected to be the last update these phones will get.

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL have been in the market for three years. Now it looks like the time has come for these reliable handsets as they will get their last update today.

According to 9to5google, Both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be updated from SP2A.220505.006 to SP2A.220505.008 today. Also known as Android 12L, this update will be the last time these devices will receive the update.

Despite previously announcing that the updates would stop in July four months ago, Google kept the 3a and 3a XL on its security patch list a little longer than expected, giving the smartphone a small VoLTE roaming update in June and now Android. 12L delivered.

With the Pixel 3a and 3a XL at sunset, it’s easy to forget how big an impact these phones had on not just the Pixel portfolio but the market in general.

If you remember, these devices were the first Google phones with the “a” name. The 3a and 3a XL split from the divisive Pixel 3, and were Google’s first foray into the mid-range market.

By cutting a few things around, Google was able to cut the price of the Pixel 3 by almost half. Although some features were not included, the 3a and 3a XL managed to deliver a lot of what the original Pixel 3 had to offer. without sacrificing much in return. Affordable pricing paired with solid performance helped Google achieve success in the mid-range market, paving the way for Google to continue the “A” series in future iterations. That success also turned heads of other big-name companies, which later tried to enter the market as well.

If you want to learn more about the impact these phones are having on the industry, check out our feature on the Pixel 3a.


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