Google promises 3 years of OS and security updates for Pixel 2/XL


Google has officially committed to keeping the new Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL updated for the next 3 years, a solid commitment that outdoes all other Android phone makers. Yes, this includes both updates to the operating system and security updates.

One of the big downsides of owning most Android phones is software updates: even the big names like Samsung take months to update their phones and after the first major update, devices are often abandoned or take even longer for future operating system updates (they might still get security updates).


What is surprising is that Google is not touting this extended support loud and clear, but hides it deep in the spec sheet and the support pages for the new Pixel phones. And here is the guaranteed software update timeline for the original Pixels and the 2017 versions of the phones:


The original Pixel is confirmed to get 2 years of operating system updates and 3 years of security updates, while with the new Pixels its 3 years for both OS and security.

Related phones

Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh
Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh

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30 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1094; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That's freaking awesome.

2. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

And what about my Galaxy Nexus? I demand refund.

3. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Then they will be releasing Android R in November 2020 ROFL.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nougat 22 August 2017 Oreo 21 August 2017

7. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Does it mean something? Who does guarantee August 2020?

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Xiaomi never stops updating their phones so why can't Google do the same?

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

iirc, Xiaomi didn't give Nougat to old model like Redmi 2, Redmi note 2, or Mi3

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Maybe so but they have produced many more models than Google in the last 6-7 years and continue to support 90% of them. Google owns Android and is now building their own phones so it's pretty pathetic actually.

8. Avieshek unregistered

Apple-influenced Overpriced Google Garbage in the name of Apple marketing line (Software)

10. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Not enough.4 years is perfect.Beyond that is overkill.Google copying Apple prices,why not copy upgrade cycle?Lets see how efficient android is on old hardware.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol. My previous iPhone 5 went from iOS 6 to 10. Yeah, thats 4 iterations, but limited features compared to the Galaxy S3 from ICS to JB.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have every feature that the phone is able to handle.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

IKR. Apple fans boasts their extended update support but iOS updates are pretty much bug fixes which Apple initially created. Thus giving users false ideas that their units are regularly updated wherein its not.

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's what you think (is there anything you could have done with iOS 6 and you can't with iOS 10, any feature you have lost in iPhone 5 once you updated to the next version of iOS?) It's a stupid opinion but I have to respect your right of having stupid opinions.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Lets see how efficient android ison old hardware." Huh? Custom ROMs have, over the past years, let use see and experience how smooth Android can be on older deceives.

22. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

I have an Asus Padfone X that's still on Kitkat and humming along quite nicely thank you very much.

26. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

For a company that doesn’t make their own processor, this is actually pretty nice.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I really hope that changes though, I want a 100% Google phone, processor architecture and all. They need to put that Quantum computing power and AI to work to design/develop something truly groundbreaking.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's great for pixel users.

14. NMekala

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

They completely forgot Nexus devices!!! Not even security updates since august. I was a customer of Android now rethinking....

17. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

And my iPhone 5s got blazing fast with iOS 11, now running 64-bit exclusively. Of course, SheepDroids don't want to hear about this.

19. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I think 4 years would be better for updates. Although I’ve seen a stutter here and there on 6s plus for the most part it’s still pretty smooth. The Pixels should still perform well enough with 4 years of updates also. I was considering the Pixel 2 xl but the screen issues have me rethinking now.

29. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And my daughters iPhone 5s turned into a stuttering mess with no battery life with IOS11. It was perfetly fine before the update, it was so bad that she traded it in for a S8+. Of course, iSheep don't want to hear about this

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I just updated to the October security patch on my Nexus 6p earlier this month. Maybe an issue with your device? Which one do you have?

16. Derekjeter

Posts: 1466; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why are some people complaining about the coloring on the screen of the Pixel XL 2? Is it really that bad?

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apparently the display has simar issues to those found on the V30, and those issues are carried over from the LG G-Flex 1 & 2. It has blotches (dark spots) present when the screen is set to low brightness which is noticeable on solid bright color backgrounds, and they speculate it may be exacerbated in something like Google's Daydream View VR (since that basically magnifies the screen). They talk about it in the display section of the ARS Technica review on the Pixels.

18. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

good news but at least it should be 4 years min. Of updates on the pricing of the pixels they even surpassed iPhone with their pricing

30. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

As long as you have vanilla android XDA will surely have modified software longer than 3 years. Look at how long they kept the Droid X and even the regular Droid alive.

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