For Google and the budget market in general, the Google Pixel 3a changed the game. It’s a pity it won’t gain more attention. It’s hard to believe, but Google’s Pixel 3a series will be three years old in May 2022. As a result, there will be no more Google Pixel 3a updates in the future (although Google could have one more this month, maybe). The phones will continue to function normally, but they will be vulnerable due to the lack of future Android security upgrades. It is recommended that users upgrade. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2021 is a professional version of Microsoft Office. (Newsflash: it’s back in stock!)
In other words, May 2022 doesn’t just mark the end of life for a normal smartphone. With Google Pixel 3a updates ending now, we are waving goodbye to a modern classic — one for the history books. When the Pixel 3a series launched in May 2019, the most recent Pixel phones were the two in the Pixel 3 series from October 2018. They weren’t abject failures, but they were very divisive. The huge notch on the Pixel 3 XL, for example, earned a ton of nasty comments. Overall, the two phones didn’t appear to drastically derail — or advance — Google’s standing in the smartphone world.
While this day wasn’t unexpected, it’s still a bit sad. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL represented a seismic shift for the Pixel brand. You can draw a straight line from the success of the Pixel 3a to the failure of the Pixel 4 and back to the success of the Pixel 6 series. Without any hyperbole, this phone completely altered Google’s smartphone portfolio. Not only that, but the Pixel 3a also shifted the budget and mid-range smartphone sectors as a whole. The Pixel 3a’s very existence forced competitors — most notably Samsung — to up their game when it comes to non-flagship devices.
The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, though, were different. They each looked like a Pixel 3, had the same camera system as a Pixel 3, and had most of the same software features, including the same speed and longevity of updates. However, Google cut out spec and design elements to bring the Pixel 3a’s price to literally half that of a Pixel 3 at just $399.
Samsung also sort of tried to do a Pixel 3a-like strategy with the Galaxy S10 line, also launched in 2019. It introduced the Galaxy S10e. Despite rave reviews and a devoted following, the phone failed to win over a large consumer base, likely because Samsung simply didn’t go far enough. The phone cost $749, which was only $150 cheaper than the proper Galaxy S10, so it was still a tad too premium. As with the OnePlus X, there was no follow-up to the Galaxy S10e — though the Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21 FE do iterate on that formula.
- Google Pixel 3a updates no longer available, which makes us sad
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