Big and good news from Google! Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are the first models from the American giant to offer seven years of Android updates (OS and security). A promise of longevity that brings many benefits.
The number 7 is often considered a talisman. And here he has something to make us smile. Google says it has a seven-year track record of updates for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. First of all, we need to be clear: we’re talking about seven years of major Android updates, not just security patches.
In other words, the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro running Android 14 will benefit from new versions up to Android 21. Great news for the entire market.
Google becomes Android update leader
Until now, the best student in terms of Android updates has been Samsung. For some time now, the South Korean manufacturer has been promising four years of major updates and five years of subsequent security updates. Google, which lagged behind, is now doing better.
There was a time ! Should we remember that Google is responsible for Android development? The American giant should set a good example and pull all other manufacturers using the same OS to the top.
Are the arguments against Android and in favor of Apple nearing the end?
With this initiative, Google is finally taking seriously a persistent argument against Android smartphones: the lack of long-term updates. When we look at iPhones, we see that they benefit from the latest versions of iOS for six years after their release. This is despite the fact that Apple makes no promises in this area.
Even if the comparison of Android and iOS updates deserves clarification in several respects, it must be admitted that when it comes to longevity, Apple stands out among the leaders. From now on, Android has at least two champions: the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro and their seven years of updates.
Hopefully these are the first in a long line of Android smartphones, whether they’re sold by Google or not.
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“You’ll receive OS updates and security updates for your Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro for seven years. years,” writes Google. The brand also explains that “You will also benefit from new practical features that are introduced several times a year thanks to grouped updates.“. These are the famous Pixel Drops.
A prioriSeven years of major Android updates means that there will be seven versions of the OS released over the life of a smartphone. However, despite waiting for clarification of the situation, some concerns remain. Will smartphones really be eligible for one major update per year? Or does the manufacturer reserve the right to skip, for example, the fifth or sixth year?
We want to believe that Google will do well and actually offer seven versions of Android when the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro go on sale.
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