Google has updated its Android Beta Program info to let us all know that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will not be eligible for Android Q Beta Program until next month, June. This goes hand-in-hand with recent reports that the two phones will remain on the March security patch until next month.
This is rather odd, as both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL can get Android Q Beta if you flash the update manually. Just to be clear, this is one of the two ways you can install Android Q Beta on devices, the more convoluted way. Once it becomes officially available for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, you’ll be able to simply opt-in for the Beta Program, and download the software.
Now, some users were able to sign-up for the Android Beta Program, it seems, at least according to 9to5Google. That is quite strange, considering Google’s official statement says they won’t be able to do so until next month.
Security patches for April and May will be included in a patch that is coming to both phones on Monday, June 3. Android Q Beta 4 is scheduled to arrive in early June, and chances are it will arrive on the first Wednesday in June.
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were introduced last week, during Google I/O. These are Google’s very first Pixel-branded mid-range smartphones, and their camera is one of the main selling points here, that’s for sure.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL offer the same camera sensor as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google’s flagship smartphones. The Pixel 3a series smartphones are actually able to produce almost identical images to the Pixel 3 phones, which is a huge plus for these two phones.
Unlike the Pixel 3 series phones, the Pixel 3a devices are made out of polycarbonate (plastic). The two devices look identical, basically, though the Pixel 3a XL is larger due to a larger display. A fingerprint scanner can be found on the back of both phones, while both devices include a 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike their siblings.
The Google Pixel 3a comes with a 5.6-inch fullHD+ OLED display, while the Pixel 3a XL includes a 6-inch fullHD+ OLED panel. Both devices actually include stereo speakers as well, which came as a surprise to many.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 64-bit octa-core processor fuels these two phones, while both devices come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Android 9 Pie comes pre-installed on both phones, and both will be amongst the first in line to get new Android updates.
The Google Pixel 3a is priced at $399 in the US, while the Pixel 3a XL can be purchased for $479. These price tags actually make them a compelling option for some, especially consumers who take a lot of pictures. Stereo speakers on these phones are also a selling point, as not many phones in this price range offer such functionality.