There are reports that Google is preparing to launch their latest Pixel 8 series of smartphones. Initially, two models will be released: the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, with the Pixel 8A expected to join later. Leaks have surfaced revealing possible specifications and features of the new devices. Rumors suggest that one focus of the brand will be to offer more frequent software updates. Adding to that, a new fresh leak claims that the series will get a whopping up to 7 years of Android update support!
Will Google really provide 7 years of updates to the Google Pixel 8 series?
Yes, you heard it right. The latest leak claims that the Google Pixel 8 series will get up to 7 years of Android updates. To be more precise, the spec sheet reads “Seven years of OS, security, and Feature Drop updates.” This information was shared by 91Mobiles in collaboration with Kamila Wojciechowska.
It’s unclear from the report whether the 7-year update timeline includes both Android updates and security patches or if it’s just the 7 years of Android updates. To find out, we’ll have to wait for the official launch, which isn’t too far off.
Right now, Google promises up to 5 years of software update support for their devices which converts into 3 years of Android OS update and 5 years of security patch updates. If the current news of providing 7 years of updates to the Google Pixel 8 comes out to be true, then it can easily beat Samsung in terms of update longevity. The Samsung claims up to 4 years of Android updates for their devices.
Google had announced that Pixel phones powered by Qualcomm SoCs will receive updates for up to three years. With the Pixel 6 and Tensor, the security updates have been extended by an additional two years. While this policy is reasonable and beneficial to users who wait up to five years before upgrading, it is worth noting that other Android OEMs have better update policies.