Is Android 13 coming to your Pixel phone? Check this list

Pixel phones are usually the first to get new android updates, and that’s one of the biggest advantages that separate Google’s phones from other Android devices. Your Pixel phone may be eligible for upgrades in the next three to five years, but that depends on which model you own.

Android version updates usually bring new features and design tweaks to your phone. Android 13, for example, will introduce more Material You customizations when it launches this fall. It also has better privacy and security features and improved compatibility with devices such as laptops and speakers.

Google guarantees three years of software and five years of security updates for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from the moment those devices became available in the US Google Play Store. That includes three major Android version updates, security updates through October 2026, and “feature drops,” smaller software updates that introduce extras like shortcuts to vaccine maps and air quality alerts. If you own a Pixel 4Pixel 4APixel 5 or Pixel 5Ayou can expect updates for at least three years from the date each phone is launched in the US Google Store.

The Pixel 3 and earlier are no longer eligible for Android version and security updates. Google still includes the Pixel 3A and 3A XL in its list of supported phones, although those devices are only guaranteed to receive updates until May 2022. CNET has reached out to Google for clarity and will update this story accordingly.

Check the table below to see how long your device will be compatible with new Android software updates.

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Google Pixel software updates

Phone

android version updates

Security updates

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Guaranteed until at least October 2024

Guaranteed until at least October 2026

Pixel 5A 5G

Guaranteed until at least August 2024

Guaranteed until at least August 2024

Pixel 5

Guaranteed until at least October 2023

Guaranteed until at least October 2023

Pixel 4A 5G

Guaranteed until at least November 2023

Guaranteed until at least November 2023

Pixel 4A

Guaranteed until at least August 2023

Guaranteed until at least August 2023

Pixel 4 and 4 XL

Guaranteed until at least October 2022

Guaranteed until at least October 2022

Pixel 3A and 3A XL

Guaranteed until at least May 2022

Guaranteed until at least May 2022

The new features of Android 13

Android 13 will introduce a number of new features aimed at improving security, customization and connectivity with other devices. Some highlights are:

  • End-to-end encryption for group conversations to the Rich Communication Services messaging app
  • SOS emergency calls for Wear OS smartwatches
  • An extension of Material You with ready-made color sets and themed icons for your home screen apps
  • The ability to automatically clear your phone’s copy and paste clipboard after a short time
  • Quick pairing for setting up new devices

Android 13 is currently still in beta and we expect the final version to come out in the fall, along with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro† View our full story on android 13 to learn more about what’s coming in the update.

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Pixel feature drops explained

Pixel feature drops are just what the name implies – regular updates that bring new features to Pixel phones. While new Android versions, such as Android 13, bring major changes across the operating system, feature drops are minor updates targeting specific additions. Google launched its first feature drop in December 2019and new releases usually appear in December, March and June.

Google has its . announced latest drop of Pixel feature on June 6, and it’s available for the Pixel 4 and above. The update includes a new music video creation tool, easy access to your COVID-19 vaccine card from the home screen, new Pride Month wallpapers, talk mode for reducing background noise in the Pixel Sound Amplifier’s accessibility mode, and more information about the lock screen, such as a video feed from a Nest doorbell.

Read more: Google Pixel Watch: What We Know (and Don’t) So Far

View the Android version of your Pixel and check for updates

You can check the Android version of your phone and see if any updates are available by checking the Settings menu, tap System and select System update

While Google says that most security patches run automatically, you can manually check for security updates by using the Settings app, choose Safety and selecting the Google Security Check tool.

You can also see if a Google Play system update is available in this menu by checking the Google Play System Update option in the Safety section.

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