Last year, Google set a strong precedent for its Pixel phones by extending a third major upgrade, Android 10, to the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Today we confirmed that Android 11 will be the latest update for Pixel 2.
Initially, Google only promised that its Pixel phones would receive two major updates, meaning 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 give a last slice of life to 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 series of pixels, the Pixel 2 and onwards promise three major upgrades. This means that with the release of Android 11 later this year, Google’s promise will be fulfilled.
We now believe that the Android 11 update will be the third and final major update of the Pixel 2, with no extensive support planned, according to a comment from the developers of the Android Open Source project. In the comment, which also includes our first mention of the 2021 Pixel 5a, the Google developer explicitly states that “it’s in the process of releasing support for Pixel 2.”
In this case, Pixel 2/2 XL owners can probably expect an experience similar to the original Pixel and Pixel XL, with only one or two final security updates after the release of Android 11, before being finally dropped in late d ‘year.
In the same comment, the developer includes a list of almost all Pixel devices, both released and unreleased, and the version of Android he released – or will launch – with. From the list, it is learned that indeed the Pixel 4a will be launched with Android 10, not Android 11, as some expected.
From there, we believe the Pixel 4a will receive updates until August 2023, which means it may come to the end of support a few shy months when we normally expect the Android 14 of 2023 to launch. Still, it’s too early to definitively speculate with Google’s scheduling of updates for its mid-range devices.
If Google’s 2020 pixel line seems a bit overwhelming or confusing, our Stephen Hall has broken down and simplified what to expect from each of the next three phones and who they’re targeting, which can also act as a great speculative compression guide for Pixel 2 owners will soon be removed.
Owners of Pixel 2, do you plan to upgrade to another Pixel phone this year or go with a different brand? Let us know in the comments.
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