Google is ready with its next operating system, Android Q, which will obviously be rolled out for all new and old pixel phones. For those who were not sure whether the budget phones Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL would receive the update, here is a piece of information. The search engine company has added the 3a phones to the Android Q beta program and it will receive the latest OS.
The security patch for the month of June 2019 was recently rolled out and it fixed a lot of annoying issues that users were constantly complaining about. It also made the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a XL smartphones better in terms of performance and app-related issues which were continuously bugging the lot. The advantage of going with a Pixel phone is that Google promises security fixes and Android updates for multiple years. The fact that this latest June 2019 patch was rolled out even for the first-generation Pixel, which sounds pretty old now, should sound comforting to customers.
While the company has already updated the factory images online and Over-The-Air (OTA) update is being rolled out to all devices, one may have to wait for a week or so until it is sequentially provided to all users around the globe. Software updates done by Samsung, Google or Apple is usually focused in the USA before it is rolled out to other countries.
Tech-savvy people do have the option to sideload the security patch instead of having to wait for days to get it. As with the norms, doing it on your own could be a bit difficult based on the OS version currently used, the model of the Pixel phone, as well as the carrier that provides the services. Verizon, AT&T, and other companies do have specific OTA patches that work only with phones in their network.
Prominent bugs that will be fixed with the update include the camera crashing randomly in both Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 smartphones. Netflix app on these phones froze for no apparent reason which should also be fixed when the update rolls out. Google spoke a lot about the new features coming up in their phones at the I/O developers’ conference. The Digital Wellbeing feature will eventually be rolled out to Pixel phones first, possibly in July Patch.
Android Q now has Pixel 3a and 3a XL in its beta program which confirms that despite the mid-range processor used in the phones, they will still receive Android updates, right now as well as in the near future.