Google’s Pixel 8 could receive up to 7 years of updates


It is not reasonable to expect people to upgrade their phones every year or every other year. Given the rising cost of phones and the fact that the world’s economy isn’t in the best shape right now, we wouldn’t be surprised if more people held onto their mobile devices for longer than normal.

This means that manufacturers need to support their devices for a longer period of time to ensure that even though the hardware is old, at least they are kept exciting with new software features. The good news is that if you want a phone that will last you a long time, the Pixel 8 could be it.

Leaked documentation posted on X by Kamila Wojciechowska has revealed that the Pixel 8 series are expected to receive up to 7 years worth of updates. It should be noted that this doesn’t mean that the phones will get 7 years worth of Android OS updates. Wojciechowska notes that the 7 years might not necessarily be OS updates, so in reality maybe we could be looking at 4-5 years of major OS updates, and the remaining years will be for security updates.

Either way, it’s still pretty good to have a phone be supported for as long as 7 years. Not many OEMs do that, save for Apple, but if you’re in the Android ecosystem, then maybe the Pixel 8 could be a phone worth considering if you prioritize extended OS and security updates.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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