Several Pixel 3a users get a glimpse of the future thanks to Google

Several Pixel 3a users get a glimpse of the future thanks to Google
You can't blame some Google Pixel 3a owners for double checking the calendar today. That's because a few of them received the July Android security update on June 19th, just two weeks after the June update was sent. Several of those affected ran to Reddit (via Droid-Life) where they posted their experiences. The update included the July 5th Android security patch and was build PQ3B.190705.003. It weighed in at 79.8MB.

One of the images shared by a Pixel 3a owner showed a message from Google that was sent with the update indicating that it was meant to be disseminated internally only. The heading of this page read "CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY." Expecting only Googlers to receive it, the company wrote that those receiving the update should not discuss it or comment on it publicly. In the parlance of the industry, when a company is using its own products or software, it is called "dogfooding." Google, as you might note, requested that feedback about the update be sent via email to Android-dogfood-discuss@Google.com.

Assuming that the OTA update won't change between now and its actual release, the only changes mentioned were the security patch and bugfixes. But we won't know for sure if there are any functional updates for the Pixel line until the July Pixel Update Bulletin is released. That won't happen until early next month unless Google messes up again.

The June update solved four issues including one that froze some Pixel 2 models when they were booting up, one that caused the camera to crash when shooting video on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, a bug that caused the Netflix app to "hang" on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series, and an improvement to how the Assistant responds to the "Hey Google" hotword on the same models.

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Pixel 3a
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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8 Comments

1. Georgio

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Hmm...I didn't even get the June security update on my galaxy note 8 ; never mind july

3. Alcyone

Posts: 385; Member since: May 10, 2018

Galaxy s9+ G965u1 still on the january patch

6. dvlprr

Posts: 68; Member since: May 08, 2019

No surprise there. Hah

2. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

These "security updates" are so boring. No new features, while OnePlus comes up with updates all the time filled with new stuff AND security updates. But this is definitely a leak on purpose to get people talking about Pixel

5. Georgio

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

One plus gets features? What kind of features ; how to steal your detalis? I don't even get that many features tru updates on my glaxy note ; but u get many on your cheap OneMinus haha

4. Mike88

Posts: 401; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

What is this? What are they trying to do lol,, confidential google only?? See we know it was a failed attempt to show the world that they are also concerned about security, but in such a childish way? Confidential!! Don't discus this update!! What? Haha. Any sane person got fooled by it? Did you figure out what are they trying to do? It was as kiddish as a self leak on finalizing the back design

7. TBomb

Posts: 1482; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

t very well may be a standard message for internal updates. At my workplace, emails get a notice at the bottom, below the signatures, about confidentiality and should not be shared with anyone yada yada yada. Even though it may not be a big deal 100% of the time, putting it there can't hurt.

8. Mike88

Posts: 401; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Are you a "googler"? Lol What does it mean even coz the update was only for some pixel 3a

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