Google confirms the original Pixel will no longer receive software updates

Google confirms the original Pixel will no longer receive software updates
Google released the usual monthly update for Pixel phones a few days ago, but the Pixel and Pixel XL were not among the phones that received the update. Although we initially thought that Google will no longer update the original Pixel going forward, the search giant announced other plans for the old devices.

The Verge reports that Google confirmed the Pixel and Pixel XL won't be getting the November update, which contains some improvements and security enhancements, but they will receive another update next month.

As per Google's statement, the original Pixels will receive “one final software update” in December, which “encapsulates a variety of updates” from both months that were delivered to the other Pixels that will continue to be updated.

Of course, Google's decision to no longer support the original Pixel phones isn't surprising considering that both devices made their debut on the market more than three years ago. On the other hand, the fact that Google unexpectedly provided Android 10 updates to the Pixel and Pixel XL will make it harder for owners to decide whether or not they should switch to newer phones.

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22 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

IMO there is no longer a good reason why Google can't lead by example and set a precedent for other Android OEM's to update their devices past 3 years. If Google wants to be taken seriously as an iPhone competitor they should at least match the 5 years of support Apple gives. That or lower their prices for their phones...

2. kotan24

Posts: 319; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Agreed.

4. Charlie2k

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Why? What have you received in your Apple updates the last two years that you couldn't be without. Bugs? Check. Security fixes and new flaws? Check. Anything else? Nope, same old boring look and feel as when you bought the phone FIVE years ago. And that follows you even if you buy a brand new iPhone, from day one your OS will have the same look and boring feel as your previous phone had the last five years...

5. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You replied to me just to troll Apple - Check. You clearly don't care if you get OS or security updates past three years - Check. You're ignorant in assuming I own or use an iPhone - Check. Check Mate

9. Georgio

Posts: 274; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

No, he's right, I just sold my iPhone Xs, Apple doesn't change almost anything. Of course they will give you 100 years of updates cos it looks the same every year. Android is changing the look and gives you lots of features every year.

10. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Whether you like the changes you see in Android over IOS is not relevant to my first point . preference in look and feel of the OS is not the point. The point is that Google no longer has the excuse it used to for not upgrading past three years. Especially security updates if nothing else... Why do you guys have to turn everything into a Why I Don't Like Apple conversation.

11. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I may be wrong here (so please don't come with pitchforks like many people tend to do), but doesn't Apple treat some of it's core features through iOS updates that Google treats as app updates? Siri vs Google Assistant for instance? Assuming this is true, a software update would be required to update Siri where only an app update would be required for the same update to take effect on Android - making a software update not needed. Basically, what I think is really important to note is what pieces of software updates will no longer be coming to the Pixel 1 - is it OS Version or security patches or all of the above? Again, please no pitchforks.

12. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

According to this article and others both OS and security updates will be finished after next month for the original Pixels.

19. vgking9699

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

That doesn’t matter when only like 10% of current android devices get those updates so 90% still are years behind on firmware version That’s actually why apple ends up getting credit for some things android actually started, like dark mode So many people think iPhones started dark mode first, but the problem is that at least when iPhones get updates it’s every single iPhone and iPad on earth all at once so instantly all iPhone and iPads instantly all got dark mode But where as even though android technically started dark mode, the update that gave android dark mode is only even available for like 10% devices so 90% of android users still don’t have dark mode and it looks like iOS got it first cuz so many android users don’t have it while everyone they know with an iPhone has it

16. tbreezy

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

A lack updates would also have me writing lengthy stupid troll posts. Shame bud, save up and get an iPhone next time. :)

17. Georgio

Posts: 274; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

iPhones are for the masses, people who don't care ,or know about features or the look of the O.S , they just want a basic easy to use phone.

18. tbreezy

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

That’s the excuse anyone uses who gets little to no updates on their droid.

3. vgking9699

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Probably means since pixel 1 is no longer get updates at beginnings of 2020, that means pixel 2 still stop in 2021, pixel 3 will stop in 2022 and now the newly released updates ends in 2023 While the new iPhone 11 series will still get updates like another 2 yrs longer after that lol

6. irakliv

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Google is being extremely irresponsible towards the environment! By declaring an entire generation of product obsolete, it’s unnecessarily condemning them to be sent to landfills*. And to what end? To squeeze even more fast money when they are already one of the richest corporations on Earth? Google is betraying their own motto: “Don’t be Evil” *Please don’t tell me that every single outdated piece of equipment is responsibly recycled. We all know that’s far from truth.

7. cdinside

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 06, 2019

i feel abandoned all dough, i hope they will make some surprise patches at some point, maybe rarely but not stop

8. SeminoleNation

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 31, 2016

This is exactly why I'm going back to the iPhone

13. thxultra

Posts: 466; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

This is why I tell people that keep their phones a long time to get a Iphone. Say what you want but 5 years of updates is huge to people that don't upgrade often. Google should Match Apple with 5 years of updates as well. Phones aren't changing as much and prices are so high no reason to upgrade as often as before. I still know people using the iphone 6 and it is plenty for what they do.

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1948; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Kind of sad, but 3 years of Android support is practically unheard of. I still have the 2016 Pixel sitting in a drawer. I was using it daily until the 3a came out. Awesome phone that only got better as the updates came through.

15. tbreezy

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Meanwhile the iPhone 7, released the same year, will probably be getting updates for the next 2-3 years and running great. :)

20. vgking9699

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Exactly, my sons galaxy s8 still is on android 8 and still doesn’t have dark mode lol

21. NinoH

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

It’s not about how it “looks” it’s about the features and the security patches.IMO if i pay a 1000$ for a phone i wan’t it to be updated for at least 5 years because nowdays you don’t have to change your phone every 2 years.It’s ridiculous to do that,just a waste of money.

22. cdinside

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 06, 2019

this is sad, this is sad only!

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