Google Ends Support For Original Pixel, Improves The Pixel 4's Smooth Display

Ruben Fields
November 6, 2019

Alongside the typical bug fixes and security improvements, Google has addressed an issue with the Pixel 4's screen display refresh rate.

It's a new month, which means new security updates for Android... unless you have an original Pixel or Pixel XL. The update reportedly also mentions camera improvements, although exactly what it is that Google is improving on the camera front isn't exactly obvious so far to people who have access to the Pixel 4. Google's reasoning behind this is that because the screen doesn't have a true variable refresh rate, users could encounter flickering if the screen switched between 60Hz and 90Hz frequently.

One update that sticks out is for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

However, as confirmed by Google via The Verge the Pixel and Pixel XL will receive “one final software update” in December.

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Google is rolling out the November 2019 security updates for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the Essential Phone.

Google released the usual monthly update for Pixel phones a few days ago, but the Pixel and Pixel XL were not among the phones that received the update. Today, we're learning that there will be one final update in December.

After chipping away a distressing amount of paint, Zack bends the phone and hears a snap, a sound he says he hasn't heard on a flagship phone in a long time. While it's a bit depressing to see the OG Pixel near its end-of-life, it's hard to be too upset considering the phone was only slated to get two major OS updates (to Android 8 and 9) but it got the update to Android 10 anyways.

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