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The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL May Yet See A Further Update Next Year.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, as the name implies, are larger than the Pixel 3. It features a comparable build quality, but a larger 6.3-inch QHD+ display with a notch.

For Pixel 3 users, the most recent monthly security update was a letdown. It just reinforced the fact that the phone, even after adopting Android 12, no longer receives monthly security upgrades after three years. To be candid, there are very few technical reasons why that needs to be the case, and Google’s marginally positive news just serves to reinforce this point. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL, like the Pixel 2 last year, may still receive one security patch, but not until early 2022.

 

The circumstance brings us back to the subject of why manufacturers limit phone support with software upgrades. It used to be related to the standard two-year warranty period supplied by telecoms or component suppliers, but it was always an arbitrary decision because software isn’t subject to the same constraints as hardware. It might also be a question of managing human resources while working on upgrades, although the mobile industry has advanced to the point where it shouldn’t be too difficult, especially for larger organizations.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 09: The new Google Pixel 3 sits on display at a Google hardware launch event at The Yard on October 9, 2018, in London, England. The tech giant has today launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, Pixel Slate, and Google Home Hub. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Because Google controls both hardware and software, or at least the majority of it, such arguments may not even apply to the Pixel phones. This year, the firm had the chance to demonstrate that it had as much control and trust in its platform as Apple, but it fell short of expectations when it disclosed its Pixel 6 upgrade plans. In that perspective, it’s not surprising that it didn’t even bother with the Pixel 3.

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Its 2018 flagship was only guaranteed three years of updates for Android feature upgrades and security patches, and it was discontinued last month. Having said that, it appears like Google is giving the phones one more hurrah, similar to how the Pixel 2 did last year. Unlike the Pixel 2, however, the Pixel 3 will not receive its final maintenance update until the first quarter of 2022, according to 9to5Google.

That update will, of course, be modest, but it should include at least the November and December patches. It still baffles me that Google couldn’t prolong security upgrades for its phones for much longer, especially with other manufactures rushing up to brag about theirs. In fact, Amazon recently offered a four-year update guarantee for its Android-based Fire TV devices, albeit there are other elements to consider when comparing Amazon’s implementation to Google’s “pure” Pixel Android experience.

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