Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL gain VoLTE roaming support in final updates
Google has issued another update to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, bringing them in line with later Pixel smartphones. While neither smartphone has received the June 2022 Feature Drop, Google has introduced a feature that allows the Pixel 3 series to still make calls after the US switches off 3G networks later this year.
Specifically, Google has enabled Voice over LTE (VoLTE) on both devices, a feature that many other flagship smartphones already support. In a statement on the impact of the US' shutdown, Google confirmed the following:
In June 2022, Google released a software update that enabled VoLTE roaming for many U.S. and global carriers. This allows many Pixel devices to roam in the U.S. with VoLTE, if your carrier supports VoLTE roaming. Contact your carrier for more information.
Although, Google has not updated its factory images repository to reflect the new updates, 9to5Google has obtained links to the relevant factory images and over-the-air (OTA) updates. Unsurprisingly, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL remain on SP1A, not SQ1A, SP2A or SQ3A that it has released to newer Pixel smartphones. These new builds should reach both smartphones within the next few days if they have not already done so.