Last year, Google set a solid precedent for its Pixel phones by extending a third major update, Android 10, to the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Today we confirmed that Android 11 will be the last update to the Pixel 2.
Initially, Google only promised that their Pixel phones would receive two major updates, which meant that the original Pixel phones should have reached their end of life on Android Pie. Last year however, “by popular demand,” Google extended the Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 10 to breathe a last bit of life into 2016 phones.
Likewise, this year the Pixel 2 is included as one of the devices compatible with the beta of Android 11, and Pixel 2 owners will receive the full update to Android 11 when it launches later this year. year. Unlike the first Pixel series, the Pixel 2 and onwards are promised three major updates. This means that with the release of Android 11 later this year, Google’s promise will be kept.
We now believe the Android 11 update will be the third and final major update for the Pixel 2, with no extended support planned, according to a comment from the developer in the Android Open Source Project. In the commentary, which also includes our first mention of the 2021 Pixel 5a, the Google developer explicitly states that it is “in the process of removing support for Pixel 2.”
In this case, Pixel 2/2 XL owners can probably expect a similar experience to the original Pixel and Pixel XL, with only one or two final security updates after the launch of Android 11. , before being finally abandoned by the end of the year.
In the same comment, the developer includes a list of almost every Pixel device, released and unreleased, and the version of Android it launched – or Will throw – with. From the list, we learn that the Pixel 4a will indeed launch with Android 10, and not Android 11 as some have hoped.
Based on that, we believe the Pixel 4a will receive updates until August 2023, which means it could reach end of support a few months before the normal Android 14 launch of 2023. However, it is too early to definitely speculate on Google’s update schedule for their mid-range devices.
If Google’s 2020 pixel lineup seems a bit overwhelming or confusing, our Stephen Hall has broken down and simplified what to expect from each of the three upcoming phones and who they’re made for, which can also serve as a guide to getting started. fantastic speculative buy for owners of the soon to be retired Pixel 2.
Pixel 2 owners, are you planning to upgrade to another Pixel phone this year or use a different brand? Let us know in the comments.
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