20 October 2017
When Google introduced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL earlier this month, the company mentioned that both the phones will receive three full years of OS and software updates. It was huge news as the previous devices were only promised two years of updates. Now, Google has updated its Pixel software document mentioning the dates of when the Pixel 2 devices will no longer be guaranteed with software support.
This is a smart move by Google as Pixel smartphones run vanilla android and will be one of the first devices to receive the latest version of Android. Thus, by guaranteeing three major updates, Google is giving customers yet another reason to buy one of these smartphones. If Android releases continue at the same pace (August each year), we are then looking at getting Android P n 2018, Android Q in 2019, and Android R in 2020 on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. That’s a total of 4 Android versions on a single device, given that the battery lives long enough and the user doesn’t get bored of the same device. As for the first-gen Pixel, Google will cut off support from next year, so Android P might be the last version on it.