Last year, Google set a strong precedent for their 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 latest update for the Pixel 2.
Initially, Google only promised that their Pixel phones would receive two major updates, namely the original Pixel phones should have reached the end of their life in Android Pie. Yet last year, “according to popular demand,” Google extended the Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 10 to get one last life on 2016 phones.
Similarly, this year, the Pixel 2 has been 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, Pixel 2 onwards promises you three major updates. 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 Pixel 2 update, without any extended support planned, according to a developer comment on the Android Open Source Project. In the comment, which also includes our first mention of Pixel 5a 2021, the Google developer explicitly states that they are “in the process of removing support for pixel 2.”
On this occasion, owners of the Pixel 2/2 XL can certainly expect an experience similar to the original Pixel and Pixel XL, with only one or two recent security updates after the launch of Android 11, before it was finally removed until In the end of the year.
In the same comment, the developer includes a list of almost every Pixel device, released and unauthorized, and the version of Android that it launches – or will launch – with From the list, we learn that the Pixel 4a will really launch with Android 10, not with Android 11 as some have hoped.
Based on this, we believe the Pixel 4a will receive updates by August 2023, meaning it may reach the end of support for a few timid months when we would normally expect Android 14 2023 to launch. However, it is too early to finally speculate on Google’s update schedule for their mid-range devices.
If the 2020 Google Pixel lineup seems a bit confusing or confusing, our Stephen Hall is broken and simplified on what to expect from each of the next three phones and who they are made of, which can also act as a fantastic guide to Speculative purchase for owners of soon retired Pixel 2.
Pixel 2 owners, are you planning to upgrade to another Pixel phone this year or go with a different brand? Tell us in the comments.
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