The Google Pixel and Pixel XL is slated to get updated for one last time in December. Yesterday, all the phones in the Pixel series received their security updates for November, released by Google. However, Google Pixel and Pixel XL were spared from this update, giving rise to speculations on whether all updates were done with for phones in this series.
Google, however, has stated that a final round of updates is due for Pixel and Pixel XL. This would be happening sometime next month. Apparently, the updates happening in December would be inclusive of the November updates, too, which were done for the other Pixel phones.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL not receiving updates in November is not something that has come out of the blue. When Google launched these phones about three years ago in 2016, it had stated that these phones would be getting assured Android version updates for at least two years and security updates for at least three years. This is reflected on Google’s support page.
Having said this, Pixel owners were taken in for a surprise when Google allowed them to run a version of Android 10 on their phones. This simply means they were offered updates for a year more than what was initially promised by them.
These Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones do not look very trendy compared to the latest smartphones of 2019. However, when these phones were first introduced way back in 2016, they had loads of new things to offer. The initial phone was manufactured by HTC, which came with a unique wedge shape. These phones came with a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, along with a 4GB RAM. They came with a storage capacity of 32GB, as well as 128GB of storage.
About a year later, these phones were replaced with Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These phones also received a good response. Google Pixel 3 was simply a solid phone. However, the Pixel 3 XL was not very well received; it was not appreciated for its notch. The Pixel 4 recently got launched in mid-October.
One would really have to wait for a while to check out how long the other Pixel phones would need to wait in order to get their updates. While the original Pixel got an Android 10 update, there is no clarity as of now whether any additional updates would be applied to the Pixel 2 with Android 11, the Pixel 3 with Android 12, or the Pixel 4 with Android 13.
The latest in the Pixel family is Pixel 4, as mentioned above. It comes with a whole lot of features that any other smartphone may not have witnessed before. This device has a radar technology by which it can be controlled by means of car-based gestures. There is no need to touch the phone. This is also one of the first phones to have an updated version of Google Assistant. This makes use of Continued Conversation and also features an updated camera, according to the sources.