19 November 2020
Chromebooks are beneficial in many ways including long battery life and they being easier to carry around. But like every other gadget, they also have a few cons. One of them is their fixed software support life aka Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date. It is the date set by Google after which Chromebooks stop receiving any new updates. These are usually for a few years from the release date but thankfully, there are a few models that have been listed with a longer support cycle.
As spotted by Android Police, Google has updated the AUE page to reflect a new software update timeline for a few models. Some of the Chromebooks are now set to receive Chrome OS updates for nine years. To be specific, there are two models from HP and Lenovo that are part of the list for now. These are HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise and Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Enterprise.
The page shows software support for these two Chromebooks to be until June 2029. It is the longest software update support that has been provided for any Chromebook yet. This should give peace of mind to all the buyers as they will be able to keep using them for a longer period of time.
We can only hope that this is not an odd behavior from Google and it is actually the start of longer software support cycles for Chromebooks. Even though other desktop OSes provide lifetime software support to devices, decade-long support for Chrome OS can be considered a step in the right direction.