Google recently released the September 2023 security update for its Pixel devices, but there’s one model that was notably absent from the list – the non-5G version of the Pixel 4a. This omission suggests that Google may have decided to discontinue software support for this particular model.
Unfortunately, this means that one of the better mid-range phones, the Pixel 4a, will no longer receive support from Google. The Pixel 4a made its debut about 3 years ago, so it’s disappointing to see it being left behind.
If you own the Pixel 4a 5G, it’s worth noting that your phone will also lose software support in November 2023, according to Google’s support page. The regular Pixel 4a, on the other hand, is guaranteed to receive Android security updates until at least August 2023.
The absence of the September 2023 security patch for the Pixel 4a suggests that the end is near for this model. Google typically promises at least 3 years of Android version updates and security updates for its Pixel devices.
Looking ahead, Google has announced that the Pixel 5 will be discontinued in October 2023, followed by the Pixel 4a (5G) in November 2023, and the Pixel 5a (5G) in August 2024. It’s important to note that these devices will still be usable after these dates, but they will no longer receive software updates.