Pixel and Pixel XL to Receive Guaranteed Software Updates From Google Until October 2018
One of the key reasons to buy a Google-branded device is the expectation of frequent software updates for your device. Google is rather transparent about how long they will support their devices, and has a support page that lists the end of life period for each of its devices so users aren’t blind-sided when an update is released and it doesn’t reach their device.
Two more devices have now been added to the support page: the Pixel and Pixel XL. Usually, most of the Google devices receive software updates for a period of 2-years or 18 months from when the device is sold from the Google Store, whichever is longer. Historically, every Nexus device has received at least two major Android platform updates during their lifespan.
As per the support page, the Pixel and Pixel XL will be receiving software updates directly from Google until October of 2018 (2-years). As far as security updates are concerned, support will extend up to October of 2019 (3-years). Pixel devices will basically receive the same two-year software support period as Nexus devices.
Considering the premium pricing of both Pixel devices, many were hoping that Google would continue to support them for longer than they supported their Nexus devices. Google’s commitment to at least two years of major software update support for the Pixel lineup would have been better when you consider the comparatively cheaper Nexus 5X is also getting the same two years of software support.
It’s worth noting, however, that the time-frame shown on the support page is only an indicator of Google’s committed obligation to providing software support for a given period of time. While chances are Google may decide to roll-out software updates even after the end-of-life period, the company won’t be obligated to it – so you shouldn’t expect otherwise.
Source: Google Support
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