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November '19 Pixel updates land, but not for OG Pixel/Pixel XL. Is this the end?

The October 2019 update for your Pixel or Pixel XL could be the last you'll see from Google.

Published onNovember 4, 2019

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The November 2019 security patches for the various Google Pixel devices just landed (and the Essential Phone not long after). However, the Google Pixel updates do not include updates for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. It’s likely this is the end of security patches for those devices.

Along with the usual security updates, these new patches also bring various improvements to phone features. For the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the update brings enhancements to the Smooth Display (90Hz refresh rate) as well as camera quality enhancements.

If the October 2019 update is the final patch for the original Pixel devices, that makes them only the second and third Pixel devices to stop getting regular updates, the first of which being the Google Pixel C tablet. That device stopped receiving Google Pixel updates back in June.

Technically, the original Pixel and Pixel XL should have stopped receiving security updates last month, considering that was when their three-year update lifespan ended. However, Google still pushed out an October patch to both phones.

You can download the factory images and OTA files at the links below. You can then either flash a fresh build or sideload the OTA file. If you’d rather take the normal route, go to SettingsSystemAdvancedSystem update and wait for the OTA notification to arrive.

If you are running one of the latest Google Pixel updates, let us know if there are any issues in the comments below.

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