Last year, Google set a strong precedent for their Pixel phones by extending the third major update, Android 10, to the original Pixel and XL Pixel. Today, we confirmed that Android 11 will be the latest update for the Pixel 2.
Initially, Google only promised that their Pixel phones would receive two major updates, meaning the original Pixel phones should have reached the end of their lives on Android Pie. Last year though, “by popular demand,” Google extended the Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 10 to take on the last bit of life in 2016 phones.
Similarly, this year, the Pixel 2 is included as one of the Android 11 Beta compatible devices, and Pixel 2 owners will receive the full Android 11 update when it launches later. this year. Unlike the first Pixel series, the Pixel 2 and onwards are promised three major upgrades. That means with the release of Android 11 later this year, Google’s promise will be fulfilled.
We now believe the Android 11 update will be the third and final major update of the Pixel 2, with no extended support planned, according to a developer comment in the Android Open Source Project. In the comment, which also includes our first mention for the 2021 Pixel 5a, developer Google explicitly states that they are “in the process of dropping support for pixel 2.”
If that’s the case, Pixel 2/2 XL owners can probably expect a similar experience to the original Pixel and Pixel XL, with one or two final security updates following the launch of Android 11 , before finally being set up by the end of the year.
In the same comment, the developer includes a list of almost every Pixel device, both released and unreleased, and the version of Android it launched – or will launch – ma. From the list, we learn that the Pixel 4a will indeed launch with Android 10, not with Android 11 as some would have expected.
Based on that, we believe the Pixel 4a will receive updates by August 2023, meaning it may reach the end of the support of a few months to catch them when we normally expect Android 1423 of 2023 to launch. However, it’s still too early to definitively speculate on Google’s update schedule for their mid-range devices.
If the formation of Google’s 2020 Pixel looks a bit big or confusing, our Stephen Hall has broken down and simplified what he expects from each of the following three phones and for whom they are made, which can also act as a guide. of a fantastic speculative purchase for the owners of the soon-to-be-retired Pixel 2
Owners of Pixel 2, are you planning to upgrade to another Pixel phone this year or go with a different brand? Let us know in the comments.
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