Google Pixel and Pixel XL are guaranteed to receive Android updates until October 2018

Google Pixel and Pixel XL are guaranteed to receive Android updates until October 2018
As spiritual successors to Nexus smartphones, Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL will be the first phones to get new Android updates. As it turns out, the two new handsets will get guaranteed Android updates all the way through October 2018.

Google's 'Check & update your Android version' support page states that the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get 'guaranteed' updates to new Android versions for at least two years since when the two new phones landed in the Google Store. Here's the actual statement:

Obviously, this doesn't mean that Google is bent on preventing the Pixel and Pixel XL from getting new Android updates once we reach the month of October 2018. It's just that the company cannot guarantee new Android updates past that.

Thankfully, the Pixel and Pixel XL will get security updates for even longer. Google says that its new phones are guaranteed to receive security updates for at least three years from when the new phones became available for purchase. Also, the firm guarantees security updates for at least 18 months since the Google Store last sold the phones. So it's either until October 2019 or 18 months from when the Google Store stopped selling the phones, depending on which comes later.

It looks like Google is planning to handle Pixel and Pixel XL software updates in the same way that it treated updates for the latest of its Nexus devices. The fact that the Android maker did not shorten the timeframe of guaranteed updates is definitely a good thing, although we know for certain that some customers would have loved to see the company expanding the timeframe of guaranteed updates to three years.

source: Google




Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

That's lame it should at least be updated for 3 to 4 years as Apples do specially we're paying a hefty price for it

2. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The reason given is that since most Android devices use Qualcomm processors, they're reliant on them to provide revised drivers for new software updates. Qualcomm usually only does so for a couple years. The reason Apple can do it is because they designed the processor so they're able to provide drivers and support for however long they decide to. Apparently Google is planning to do the same for future Pixel devices, as is LG for their devices. Samsung currently does it with it's Exynos processors, however most Exynos powered devices never make it to the US (last year being the exception).

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

oct. 2018 the pixel xl 3 announced,.i'll wait.

4. rkoforever90

Posts: 463; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

they should give 4 years of update like Apple , else whats the point in charging this much for the phone

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

That's a shame, Xiaomi has better software update support than Google!

6. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Are they Android version updates though?

7. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This should at least get those phones Android "O" and "P". Hopefully security updates will be available for more then 2 years though.

8. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

It should be al least up to Oct 2020

9. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Aren't every high end Android phones getting ~2 years updates?

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yay, two full years, thank you, Goosegle.

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