What you must understand
- The June update for Pixel smartphones was just released by Google.
- In spite of the continuing 3G shutdown, the upgrade allowed LTE roaming on its devices.
- Despite official support for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL ending, both devices are getting the update.
Although Google is releasing a surprise update for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL that is quite significant, software support for the devices may have finished. Both Pixel smartphones may now use LTE roaming thanks to this update, extending their useful lives.
The upgrade was made available to Pixel devices earlier this month as part of the June 2022 patch. In addition to numerous bug fixes and new feature additions, the upgrade also made LTE roaming possible for certain smartphones.
Google told 9to5Google that the upcoming Pixel 3 upgrade is real. It should be noted that the update only adds support for VoLTE roaming.
Following the release of Android 12 in October 2021, support for the two phones was discontinued. The old phones did, however, later receive a new update in February 2022, and today’s update further extends their usefulness.
The update comes as the ongoing nationwide 3G blackout continues, as Google has noted. For providers that offer VoLTE, it enables phones to roam between networks within the United States, which can be useful for overseas Pixel owners.
Earlier this year, AT&T was the first to cut the cord. Currently, T-Mobile is in the midst of its 3G shutdown, which will end on July 1. Later this year, Verizon is expected to shut down its 3G network.
Many consumers don’t have to worry about losing service because some of the top inexpensive Android phones support VoLTE, unlike certain users who are affected by the 3G shutdown, such as owners of first- and second-generation Pixel smartphones. For more recent flagship devices like the Pixel 6 series, this is especially true.
Depending on the carrier, firmware versions SP1A.210812.016.C2 or SP1A.210812.016.B2 are being released for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.