INTRO: The stable Android 11 release started rolling out to Pixel users earlier this week. It has brought along a boatload of new features, including a native screen recorder, bubbles for chats, and an improved permissions model. While most Pixel owners are already enjoying the latest features, those in India are still waiting for the Android 11 update rollout with bated breath.
Android 11 Release In India gets Delayed
First spotted by Android Central, Google hasn’t made the Android 11 update – both the OTA release or factory image – readily available to Pixel users in India. The OTA image listing for all of the Pixels available in India, including the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a series, clearly states that the update is for all carries except India.
One of the major reasons for users to opt for Pixel phones over any other device is the timely update rollout. You get the stable Android release the day it goes official. That, however, does not seem to be the case this time around and users have taken to Pixel support pages to express their anguish.
Explanation For the Same Is Awaited
As for the reason behind the delay, Google is yet to offer any explanation for the same. The company does not have any carrier partnerships in India and sells only unlocked phones in the country. The only plausible explanation is that carriers in India, Jio and Airtel, seem to be holding back the stable Android 11 update for additional testing for features such as eSIM and Wi-Fi calling.