Google Pixel 3 update: December 2018 security patch available for download

Google’s line of Pixel devices is well-known for being first in line to receive all the new updates. But there’s something you might not know and that is the devices are also guaranteed to get updated longer than phones coming from other brands.

After officially introducing the Pixel 3 duo, Google has posted on its support website revealing the period of support for its latest flagships, but before that, here is the software update timeline.


Pixel 3 software update timeline

Date Software version Changelog
03 Dec 2018 PQ1A.181205.006 | Android 9.0 December 2018 security patch
18 Oct 2018 PD1A.180720.031 | Android 9.0 System enhancements and performance improvements

Google Pixel 3 Android Q update

  • Developer preview expected in Q1 2019
  • Public beta to be announced at I/O 2019

According to Google, the Pixel 3 will receive Android version updates and security updates for three years after launch. Or until October 2021. This means the Pixel 3 will see Android Q, Android R and Android S OS updates.


The 3-year update trend was started by the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL  which were introduced in 2017. The devices will continue to see new Android versions and security updates until October 2020.

Related: Android Q: Everything you need to know

As for the original Pixel and Pixel XL, there are no more Android OS updates coming their way and that includes Android Q. However, Google will continue to send security updates their way until next year (October 2019).

It’s great news to see Google has renewed its commitment to updates, especially since other Android OEMs are so slow in updating their devices. Just take a look at Samsung, who is yet to start disseminating the stable Pie update on any of its flagships.