22 May 2019
Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come with an outdated March Android security patch out-of-the-box. This means even being a direct product of Google, the new Pixel lineup lacks the quality of being up-to-date. First spotted by 9to5Google and later confirmed by many others, the devices aren’t running the latest Android patch. In fact, currently, these phones aren’t the part of Android Q beta program and will only undergo testing starting June this year.
Note that Pixel phones are normally the first Android devices to get new security update but the new Pixel phones are just deprived of this exclusivity, at least for now. Reportedly, Google has acknowledged the presence of the older security patch on the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL and the company told 9to5Google that it wasn’t able to update the patch level due to the manufacturing schedule.
The tech giant has also reportedly stated the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will gain April, May, and June security patches all at once on June 3. Google says this is to “ensure the best customer experience.”
Contrary to the report, there are a few users who are reporting that they were able to use the opt-in Beta program method on their Pixel 3a phones. What makes it weirder is the availability of the factory images and OTA files for the two devices already available on Android Developer page.
While answering to which devices are eligible for Android Q Beta in the FAQs, Google has made a note that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL devices will be eligible in June for this update.