Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL get three years of guaranteed Android updates

Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL get three years of guaranteed Android updates
It’s never fair to compare the adoption rate of a new iOS version with official Android distribution numbers, as Apple controls its entire mobile ecosystem, while Google allows third-party hardware manufacturers to make their own software choices.

But it’s certainly fair to compare Pixel devices with iPhones on a software support level. Unfortunately for Android “purists”, Big G is still not ready to compete in the same league as its Cupertino-based arch-rival.

For what it’s worth, Google has been stepping up its game, promising three years of security updates and three years of Android version updates for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL shortly after their 2017 announcement.

The original Pixel and Pixel XL were only guaranteed security updates for three years, i.e. until October 2019, with major OS revisions reaching an end this fall after the Android 9.0 Pie promotion.

Fortunately, the newly released Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are following in the footsteps of the Pixel 2 duo with a fall 2021 deadline for both security and Android version updates. Unless Google radically alters its OS naming scheme and upgrading tempo, that means the two new stock Android handsets are looking at Q, R, and S enhancements over the next 36 months.
 
That’s obviously a lot better than the typical expectation for an Android flagship device from other companies, but it’s still no match for Apple’s one-of-a-kind policy. In case you’ve forgotten, 2013’s iPhone 5s currently runs iOS 12, not to mention 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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11 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"...it’s still no match for Apple’s one-of-a-kind policy. In case you’ve forgotten, 2013’s iPhone 5s currently runs iOS 12, not to mention 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus." Really? I know it's true but... Do you really have to rub our noses in it? It's in a poor taste, I'd say. And that's coming from an Apple user. Nevertheless; I'm glad that Google is breaking all kinds of Android Phone stereotypes with its Pixel Lineup! Pixel brought butter smooth performance. Pixel 2 brought Android Oreo that could outrun iOS in most scenarios and now Pixel 3 has brought 3 years worth of updates to the lineup. Winning! I'd have bought The Google Pixel 2 instead of an iPhone 7 if iMessage was crossplatform! Oh well, G'Day!

2. JCASS889

Posts: 422; Member since: May 18, 2018

even in a google pixel article they have to bring up the iphone.

7. elucidate

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Pixel XL user here. Given the fact that the two prime aspects of the Pixel line are camera quality and guaranteed timely updates, I'd have thought that the latter aspect would have been amped up especially considering how much we're expected to pay for the devices in the first place. In my opinion, with the iPhone being the gold standard when it comes to updates, it's perfectly justifiable to compare the Google Pixels to the Apple iPhones when it comes to updates, as now there's simply no excuse for slacking in it, considering the fact that updates are handled by directly by Google, and Project Treble means the chipset manufacturers can't stand in the way either. Three years is an improvement, but not enough in my opinion. When I buy a phone, I want it to last in terms of hardware and software. I wouldn't want to pay over £700 for a device that would become obsolete in three years. Until this is fixed it looks like I'll be having to keep buying old-gen Pixels every year.

10. lallolu

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

My thought exactly. I actually thought(still think) that google will upgrade the original Pixel to android Q to promote project treble.

11. elucidate

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Wouldn't that be something, eh? I'm not as optimistic as you but I do hold some hope in it. Otherwise Nokia look to be quite promising when it comes to the price:camera:updates combo.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Meanwhile .."OnePlus has announced that both the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T will get an update to Android P, the latest and greatest Android version which will be released by Google very soon." ..Yea....

4. Whitedot

Posts: 660; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Step in the right direction. I guess I can justify extra $50 for what they overcharge, for now.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Even the $200 zenfone max pro m1 is guaranteed two major android updates after oreo and google is just sticking with three for a $799 and $899 phone? Very dodgy google especially when the chipset and hardware are more than capable enough

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The last few version updates have added trivial things.

8. gamehead unregistered

Still not as good as Apple

9. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Wonder how many people are actually going to purchase and still be using these phones 3 years from now. These are begging for immediate upgrade. Oh, that notch - doesn't really even have a great purpose like other notches.

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