The recent roll-out of Google’s September 2023 update for its handsets meant that several Pixel smartphones finally received the latest Android security patch, including several devices such as the Pixel 6 and 7 series phones. With that in mind however, a fairly recent Pixel phone was not included in the list, which might be puzzling to some.
More specifically, the fan-favourite Pixel 4a (4G) was not included in the list of smartphones which were eligible for the new security patch, although the larger 4a 5G model was included, having been launched in the same year.
For those unaware, the answer is quite simple – Google has finally ended software support for the Pixel 4a moving forward, with the device receiving its last software update back in August 2023. While Pixels do get frequent software updates from Google, there is of course a limit to how many years a device will be supported. As stated in Google’s official support page:
Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a (5G), 5, and 5a (5G) phones get Android version updates and security updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US.
This then means that the Pixel 4a won’t be getting Android 14 once it launches, although users with the Pixel 4a 5G can expect the update to arrive for their devices later this Fall.