(Pocket-lint) – The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were originally launched in October 2018, at the time promising an Android release and guaranteed security updates until October 2021.
With the latest release of the November security patch for Pixel devices, the 3 and 3 XL have been dropped. Perhaps not surprisingly, since we are now out of the guaranteed update period.
However, Google has stated that another update is coming for these devices, and it will be available in the first quarter of 2022.
Last year, we saw a similar situation with the Pixel 2. The device was left out of a December feature launch, and instead got one final update a few days later. With the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, Google seems to be giving itself more time for the final update. Hopefully, this means more time for reviews, leaving users of older devices with a better overall experience.
The final Pixel 3 update is expected to be mostly bug fixes for Android 12, rather than adding any new features. The devices already received Dynamic Color and Material You with the latest update but missed some features that required the new Google Assistant.
If you’re looking to upgrade your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, you might want to take a look at our Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro reviews. Google has really upped the game with its latest releases.
Written by Luke Baker. Originally Posted in .