Google needs to give the Pixel series more than three OS updates [Opinion]

When Google started offering three new versions of Android at the launch of the Pixel 2, the update period appeared generous – new software right through to 2020, to Android 11. In practice, this meant the Pixel 2 wouldn’t run an outdated version of Android until 2021, when Android 12 was released.

But thankfully much has improved in terms of updates in the five years since the Pixel 2, thanks in part to Project Treble. Three generations of OS updates are no longer enough. Samsung has better software support than Google by offering four generations of Android updates instead of three, while Samsung matches Google’s five-year period for security updates.

Most recently, OnePlus has chosen to match Samsung’s update scope for select ones her models (likely flagships only) to be released starting next year. However, OnePlus may have a firecracker as they promised four generations OxygenOSupdates and not specifically four new Android versions.

In any case, some manufacturers are better at sending out updates to Google’s operating system than Google itself. The Pixel phones still have the advantage of getting updates the fastest, often months in advance, but for those who want their phones to have current software for as long as possible, the Pixel series is no longer the best.

Now that Google has increased its investment in its own mobile phones, it is time for the update period to be extended as well – give the Pixels at least four new Android versions, Google.

Source: Swedroid by

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