Despite ending official support in November 2023, Google has released a surprise software update for the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 smartphones alongside the recent February 2024 security patch for newer Pixels. This unexpected update comes after the three-year support window typically offered by Google for its Pixel devices.

While details are scarce, it’s safe to assume the update focuses primarily on minor bug fixes and security improvements. The Android security patch level, however, remains at November 2023, which may beg the question of what extent the update’s effectiveness is in enhancing device security.

The update carries the build number UP1A.231105.001.B2, replacing the previous UP1A.231105.001. While Google hasn’t released an official changelog, users are encouraged to manually check for the update on their devices. Since the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 are no longer receiving regular software updates, users should appreciate Google’s continued focus on bug fixes, even after the official support window.


The update is already rolling out to Pixel 5 and 4a (5G) units over the air, but you can also download the OTA and full factory images for manual installation using the links below:

It’s important to remember that this update isn’t a full-fledged software upgrade and won’t bring new features or major improvements. It primarily focuses on addressing minor bugs that may have been reported by users.

Hillary Keverenge
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