Last updated: October 11, 2021 at 13:14 UTC-02: 00
Samsung was the first Android OEM to announce four years of software update support for its smartphones. Later, OnePlus, OPPO and Xiaomi also announced that they would offer software support to some of their smartphones for four years. Google, which has been left behind in the game, has now decided to offer the longest-running software update support in the Android space.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be Google’s first smartphones to receive five years of software support. The information was revealed by leaked product pages upcoming Pixel phones on the CarphoneWarehouse website (now retired).
The software section on the product page states, “Pixel comes with at least 5 years of updates, so it becomes more secure over time.However, the terms and conditions section of the webpage mentions “Android security updates,” which likely means devices will get 3-4 years of Android OS updates and 1-4 years. 2 years of additional security updates.
Google promises one year more software update support than Samsung
That’s a year longer than what Samsung promises for some of its mid-range smartphones and all high-end smartphones. Things are certainly moving in the right direction, but there is nothing revolutionary about it. Apple is releasing 5-6 major operating system updates for all of its smartphones, and we would have liked Google to match Apple’s software support given they are developing Android for the entire ecosystem.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been the company’s first true flagship smartphones in years. They come with an attractive design, 120Hz OLED displays, Google’s internal high-end processor named Tensor (developed in collaboration with Samsung), improved front and rear camera sensors, IP68 rating for dust resistance and water, stereo speakers, 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6 and high capacity batteries.
Based on their specs, they can take on most high-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi. Would you like to switch from a Galaxy smartphone to a Pixel smartphone for longer software support? Let us know in the comments section below.
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