19 February 2020
A very weird incident has happened where some Pixel 3a owners are seeing an update on their devices ahead of time. Well, this is the July Android security update which is meant to come to the Pixel line of devices in the first week of the next month. But some users are already receiving it.
Under the update availability description, it’s written that this update is a “confidential Googlers-only OTA” and meant to update your device to July 2019 security patches. It also reads “do not discuss or comment on this update externally.” So, clearly this update wasn’t supposed to be discussed but it’s already been reported on Reddit by some keen-eyed users.
It’s worth noting that these “dogfood” or “Googler-only” builds prerelease versions are not meant for public use, which means they are used by internal use only, or better by Googlers. So, it seems that Google has mistakenly released them. The changelog doesn’t mention any significant changes or features coming along with the update. The Googlers-only update containing the July 5 patch level, weighs in at 79.8MB and is build PQ3B.190705.003.
Reportedly, Google made the same mistake back in 2017 when it accidentally rolled out the update for the Google Pixel XL.
Note that Google excluded Pixel 3a devices during its May security update but now the update has come ahead of time for the series. They launched with an outdated version of the security patch and gained their first security patch last month only. So, technically, this their second Android security patch.