Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Removed from Android Q Beta Programme

Google's latest affordable Pixel smartphones will get Android Q Beta support sometime in June

Highlights
  • The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL today went on for sale in India
  • Indian prices of Pixel 3a devices start at Rs 39,999

At the Google I/O 2019 last week, Google took wraps off the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones. At the same conference, the search giant also announced Android Q Beta 3 for 21 smartphones from 13 OEMs. Right after the event, Google confirmed that the Pixel 3a devices would be part of Android Q Beta programme, but it seems like the support has now been removed, as updated on the Android Developers official website. The website displays only six Pixel phones to be eligible for the Android Q Beta programme currently, and at the same time, it confirmed that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL would be eligible next month (June). Firstly, Google removed the option of enrolling into the beta programme through OTA, and now, the factory images have been pulled as well, as reported by Android Police.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL No Longer Supports Android Q Beta

As noted, Google silently removed both the devices from the beta programme. Users who purchased a Pixel 3a or the Pixel 3a XL and upgraded their phone to Android Q Beta are currently facing issues related to downgrading as the downgrade OTA is not appearing on their handset. Google released the factory images for both the handsets so if you’re familiar with the manual sideloading procedure, you’re good to downgrade, but those who’re not familiar will have to wait for Google to respond on the issue.

The official Android Developers website says both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will get Android Q Beta 3 support sometime in June, but there’s no exact reason available on why the support has been removed. Android Q Beta 3 is available for 21 smartphones from popular OEMs like HMD Global, Xiaomi, Huawei, Vivo, OnePlus and so on. The beta 3 for non-Pixel phones is unusable as a daily driver because it’s plagued with a lot of issues.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Goes on Sale in India

In other news, Google’s latest Pixel phones- the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are now available for purchase in India at a starting price of Rs 39,999. The Pixel 3a costs Rs 39,999 in India while the Pixel 3a XL can be picked up for Rs 44,999. Both the phones are available via Flipkart in India.

The Pixel 3a series is a downgrade from the flagship Pixel 3 phones which were released back in October 2018. Both the phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset and come with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage. The USP of the Pixel 3a series is cameras which are almost identical to the ones present on the Pixel 3 devices. The Pixel 3a has a smaller 3000mAh battery, 5.6-inch Full HD+ display, whereas the Pixel 3a XL offers a 3700mAh battery and a bigger 6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel. Are you purchasing the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL In India? Let us know by commenting below.

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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