Nov 4th, 2021

After announcing and introducing Android 12L, there were a couple of devices that were conspicuously missing from the list of compatible phones. Google plans to open the Android 12L Beta Program sometime in December, and it was slated to be available on all Pixel devices starting with the Pixel 4. However, Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica found that the Android 12L landing page had been updated.

It seems that Google is adding the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL to the list of devices that will be compatible with the Android 12L Beta. The decision to leave out these two phones was a head-scratcher, to begin with, considering that they will be eligible for the final release set to arrive in Q1 of 2022.

However, it’s also likely that Android 12L will be the final major Android update that the Pixel 3a and 3a XL receive. The devices are currently slated to get major Android releases and security updates until May of 2022. With the scheduled release of Android 12L to arrive before the end of March, Google’s initial decision made little sense.

Thankfully, that’s now been rectified, as the Android Beta Program landing page for Android 12L shows that the list of compatible devices is as follows:

  • Pixel 6 / 6 Pro
  • Pixel 5a
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4 / 4 XL
  • Pixel 3a / 3a XL

There’s also an outside chance that Google could bring Android 12L to the Pixel 3 series. The company recently confirmed that the 2018 Google flagships will receive one more update, also coming in Q1 2022. Unfortunately, we aren’t sure as to whether this will be 12L or if it will just be a larger bug and security patch release. Nevertheless, if you own the Pixel 3a or 3a XL, you’ll be able to jump on the Beta Program once it goes live.

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