Google intentionally stops older Pixel devices

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Google has announced that it will not update the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a to support C-band 5G in the US. The company also stated that all of the aforementioned phones have all the necessary hardware to support the band and that the functionality will work in other countries. Also read – Google Photos gives the mobile app a makeover by making changes to the Share tab, Library and more

The company made the announcement via a post on the Pixel support forum, but did not explain why it made the decision. Also Read – How To Check Live Train Status From Google Maps In Five Easy Steps

Google has already updated the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to support the C-band via an over-the-air (OTA) update. Also read – Parliamentary committee recommends DoT to merge MTNL with BSNL

According to the post, the earlier Pixel models have “C-band compatible hardware and are suitable for use in certain countries.” The company has “no plans to support the C-band operation in the US,” it added.

Note, while the older Pixel devices support C-band, Pixel 5 has already received FCC’s approval to use C-band.

That’s big news, as two of the three major telecom service providers are investing heavily in the technology.

While C-band isn’t as fast as mmWave, it does bring more range, making it a more viable option for customers. Verizon and AT&T are currently investing a lot of money setting up infrastructure to make C-band much of their 5G networks.

Coming to T-Mobile, it doesn’t currently use the C-band, but has announced plans for 2023 where it aims to introduce it to its network.

While Google is currently forgoing C-band support for its older Pixel devices, that doesn’t mean it never will. If demand for the technology exceeds a threshold, the company may decide to go back and provide support using an OTA update. It will be very easy for the company to do this as it already supports the technology in the older Pixel phones in certain countries.

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