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Google To Support Pixel 8 Series With Seven Years Of Android Updates

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With seven years of “OS, security, and Feature Drop updates,” Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro purchasers should be able to use them until 2030 before their software becomes out-of-date. Google’s blog post unveiling the phones states, “You’ll receive the latest OS and security updates for 7 years, and new, helpful features with Feature Drops every few months.”

A significant improvement over Google’s prior offerings, which included just three years of Android OS upgrades and five years of security updates, is the company’s seven-year commitment to software maintenance. Additionally, it offers a longer support period than practically all of Google’s primary Android rivals currently do.

For their most recent flagships, Samsung, OnePlus, and Xiaomi have all pledged four generations of Android version updates and five years of security patches.

Due to the use of its own Tensor processor in the Pixel 8 series, which provides it greater control over the hardware used in the phone than most of its Android rivals, Google is able to provide this longer service period. Fairphone, an Android rival that places a premium on long support periods for its products, has openly discussed how challenging it is to sustain a phone when a chipset maker like Qualcomm terminates support for the CPU it uses. With Tensor, Google is the one who holds the power.

While Apple, another manufacturer that makes its own processors for its phones, doesn’t advertise explicit promises about the number of years it supports its devices for, the company released five major iOS version updates for the 2017 iPhone X before ending support with iOS 17 this year. Even then, though, Apple will occasionally release security patches for older devices, Google’s pledge should mean that older devices will continue to receive security updates.

But even before we discuss Google’s somewhat erratic history of continuous support for other programs and initiatives, that presupposes the company will still be releasing updates for Android on an annual basis in seven years.

Although seven years of security support puts Google ahead of its mainstream rivals, Fairphone, which recently introduced the Fairphone 5, technically beats Google with a guarantee of eight years of security upgrades (with a stretch goal of ten years). Fairphone, however, only intends to release five significant Android OS updates and does not have any intentions to sell its fifth-generation device in the US.

In our guide to the Google Pixel 8 launch event, you can read all about the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro as well as the Pixel Watch 2, which Google also unveiled today.

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