Announced over three years ago at I/O 2019, Google today rolled out the final Pixel 3a and 3a XL update. May 2022 was officially the cut-off date for guaranteed Android version and security updates, but Pixel phones have historically gotten one more release after that.
Today’s release goes from SP2A.220505.006 to SP2A.220505.008:
- Pixel 3a XL: Android 12.1 — SP2A.220505.008 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 3a: Android 12.1 — SP2A.220505.008 — Factory Image — OTA
It’s somewhat unfortunate that the phone did not get Android 12 QPR3 as its final update. That said, there’s nothing notable in that quarterly platform release, with 12L bringing more refinements. In day-to-day usage, performance is still pretty good.
The Pixel 3a was Google’s first mid-range device in a shift from being just a premium smartphone brand. It helped bring the Pixel to more people and was a market success by all accounts without compromising on too many specifications. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor (octa-core 2.0Ghz + 1.7Ghz) with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and Android 9 Pie at launch.
It used Google’s tried and true 12.2MP rear camera and 8MP front-facer. The camera quality offered at this mid-range price was widely praised and the Pixel 3a offers unlimited Storage saver (previously named High quality) backup.
The familiar polycarbonate unibody came in Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish, while other shared specs include the 3.5mm headphone jack and Active Edge to launch Google Assistant. The $399 3a made do with a 5.6-inch (2220 x 1080, 441 PPI) OLED and 3,000mAh battery, while the $479 3a XL went to 6-inch at 402 PPI and 3,700mAh.
More on Pixel:
- Here are the 35 issues that Android 12 QPR3 fixes on Google Pixel phones
- Android 12 Beta Program ends with QPR3, Pixel phones will automatically be unenrolled
- Here’s every Google app getting an Android tablet UI, and what updates are live [U]
Author: Abner Li