Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will receive OS and security updates for a minimum of three years

Vlad, 04 October 2017

Buried deep in the official spec sheets for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is something that will be very good news for people who care about long-term software support.

Google says it will update the new generation Pixels for three years at a minimum. That is for both OS and security updates. Here's a snapshot of the official wording in question:

For the first generation Pixels launched in 2016, Google promised a minimum of two years of OS updates, and three years of security updates. So this is certainly a step forward, though if it stops OS updates right after the three year mark, Google would still trail Apple in this regard. While the iPhone maker doesn't specifically promise minimum update periods for its handsets, we often see four year old smartphones receiving the latest OS versions.

Google's new three-year OS update promise probably has something to do with Project Treble being implemented in Android 8.0 Oreo, since that undertaking was specifically meant to allow longer update periods even without the involvement of the chipset producer.



Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Oct 2017
  • D%M

I agree there's planned obsolecence, but people still haven't realized the importance of android security updates. Because Android has such a huge user base, there's tremendous incentive to find exploits. Stagefright was merely the first, at this poi...

  • AnonD-633729
  • 06 Oct 2017
  • 6p$

Some tortoises are fast and bricks are useful lol

  • AnonD-700950
  • 06 Oct 2017
  • pFk

so what ? the older phones did not get update because they had very low memory , not because the company decided not to upgrade their IOS. unlike the Pixel situation here ... 3 years only promise without any valid reason .

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