Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get software updates at least until October 2019

Google today refreshed one of its important Android support pages, adding the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to a special list: the one showing for how long the handsets will receive official software updates.

As you can see below, Google can't guarantee that the Pixel and Pixel XL will get Android version updates after October 2018 (thus two years after their initial launch). It also can't guarantee that the two devices will receive security updates after October 2019 (3 years after launch). To be fair, this shouldn't surprise anyone. Android version updates for 2 years and security updates for 1 extra year have been the norm for Google when it comes to Nexus phones, and it's only natural for this to continue with the Pixel series.

Related phones

  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)



1. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

To think I almost pulled the 900+ dollar trigger on a Pixel XL over my 7 Plus. Excellent phones (Pixel line) no question, but for that kinda money, I need more than two years of updates. I made that mistake with the Nexus 6... never again.

3. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

But you will get 3 different Android versions.... It launched with Nougat then Android O and then Android P, after that you will get a new device, I m switching my phone every two years....

4. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Can't argue with that. And yeah, I switch phones often enough that updates shouldn't matter to me. I'm just a stickler for the little things I guess...

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Look at how long Apple supported the iPhone 4S and the 5/5S. I think they should support it as long as they did with the Nexus 4 at least.

11. geassvi

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Pretty sure Apple just wants to keep supporting their devices longer because the more features the old phone gets the slower they become. Making the people who own the phone think its slow and needs an upgrade

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pretty sure you're just talking out of your rear end on that one.

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

And why you don't use iphone 5 still? you know, because it still get update right?,

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Besides the software updates, what should stop me from forking $700+ on a Galaxy S8 over the Pixel? Because I don't see the point of spending that much money on a barebones stock android phone that looks like the iPhone.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The S8 costs $800 while Pixel is $645. Do the math.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually the price of the S8 depends on what carrier you have. For instance, at Best Buy you can get the S8 outright for $650. The Verizon version costs $720, AT&T costs $750, and the Sprint one costs $800. You also should take into account that while the Pixel may be cheaper than those certain versions of the S8, it also has less internal storage (32 GB vs 64 GB), not the latest processor (821 vs 835), a smaller screen, and not as waterproof as the S8. These are features that may or may not be important to you, but are worth consideration by other people.

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

And a lack of Expandable memory which is a disappointment for an Android powered device. I don't care for unlimited cloud storage for my pictures

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I think everyone on PA already knew this. And to think people still think fast updates are worth losing out on features you find on non stock ROMs when I know that my S8+ will also see 2 years of updates and it will also get security updates afterwards (just like my S5 did).

7. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

That's where the custom rom community comes in. Everyone knows Android Oems are a joke with updates. Even if they say they will support a device, it doesn't always pan out. If you care about updates, you have to research how popular said phone is with the rom community, then make your choice. Before I buy an Android tablet or phone, the first thing I check is to see if it's got a custom recovery and rom.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Good point. This is largely why I stick with HTC phones. They've ALWAYS had an easy way to unlock the bootloaders on their phones, and Sunshine to get S-off when needed. Plus there are numerous Sense and AOSP ROMs to choose from. Awesome community overall too...

13. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup, as messed up as HTC's design language has become, I've always respected them for supporting the modding community, they really stepped up when they let you officially unlock boatloaders and while maintaining your warranty. Sony has done similar things and Samsung can learn a thing or two from them.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, years of pitiful stock Android update is merely catching up with OEM skins. I'd rather have a very useful device today than wait for some future update to implement the useful features..

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