Pixel smartphones come with a guarantee of 3 years of major Android updates and 3 years of security updates. It is one of the major advantages of owning a Pixel device: you get Android (and security) software updates faster than if you owned any other Android smartphone.
If you own any one of Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, 4, 4a, 4a (5G), 5, or 5a with 5G, when will your device get its last due major Android update? The answer is, three years after the release date. Google has released an updated Android update timetable for Pixel devices. To make it easy for you, we have published the dates in the table below.
Dates of the last Android updates for Pixel 3 to 5a with 5G
|Model||Date of last Android Update|
|Pixel 5a with 5G||August 2024|
|Pixel 5||October 2023|
|Pixel 4a (5G)||November 2023|
|Pixel 4a||August 2023|
|Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL||October 2022|
|Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL||May 2022|
|Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL||October 2021|
Pixel 1, 1 XL, 2, and 2 XL have already reached their end of support cycles, and so will not be getting any more software updates. If you still have one of those, it just might be time to retire it and buy a more up-to-date model, preferably from Pixel 4 upwards.
It is also interesting that Google has announced that the Pixel 3a will also get Android 12L, which is a build of Android that’s tailored for devices with larger displays, e.g. tablets, foldables, etc. Android 12L is expected in the first quarter of 2022. According to the company, Android 12L will be an incremental upgrade for all Android 12 phones (non-Pixels too).
What of Software Updates for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro?
If you are curious and wondering when the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will get their final Android update, that will be October 2024, just a few months after the 5a with 5G. However, monthly security updates will keep going out to units till October 2026.
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