The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL officially reached end of life status in October after three years of updates. Google promised one last release, but it did not come yesterday alongside the Pixel Feature Drop. The final Pixel 2 update is now rolling out.
Update 12/14: The Pixel 2’s December OTA is now available from the “Check for updates” screen. This “final software update” — as reiterated by Google — comes in at just 8.71 MB (for the 2 XL).
After installing, “Check for update” will look exactly the same as before and still note an October 5 security update. However, you can confirm the RP1A.201005.004.A1 build number from the bottom of Settings > About phone.
Update 12/10: Google confirmed to us today that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s final release is rolling out as an over-the-air update in a process that will continue into next week. It comes as the majority of users have yet to encounter the OTA two days after the factory images were released, and as the update button is not available to tap.
Original 12/8: Similar to the first Pixel phone, the Pixel 2 skipped a November update, but is now getting the previous month’s patches, along with those introduced in December, as part of one final release. Only the factory images for manual installation — you can also check our guide here— are available right now. The OTA has not yet reached devices.
Settings > System > Advanced > System update still says that “Regular updates have ended for this device,” but that should change to the normal “Check for update” button once the rollout is underway.
The last build is RP1A.201005.004.A1 for both devices, and there’s only one version for all carriers:
- Pixel 2 XL: Android 11 — RP1A.201005.004.A1 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 2: Android 11 — RP1A.201005.004.A1 — Factory Image — OTA
It’s an important fix in that it continues to address Android 11 issues from the original launch in September. For example, Google in October addressed:
- Fix for some devices stuck during boot
- Fix to prevent inadvertent disablement of call notifications
- Fix for missing auto-rotate icon in certain device orientations
- Fix for undetected overview swipe gestures in launcher
That said, the Pixel 2 is not getting any December Pixel Feature Drop functionality. Those new features are limited to the Pixel 3 and later.
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