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Google Pixel And Pixel XL May Not Get Android Update After October 2018

28 April 2017, 7:22 am EDT By Andrew Norman Tech Times
Google revealed in its support forum that its Pixel and Pixel XL devices may stop receiving Android updates post October 2018. The smartphones may not receive any security updates after October 2019.  ( Ramin Talaie | Getty Images )

Those who own a Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone will be disappointed to learn that the two smartphones may not get updated to newer versions of Android in the distant future.

Back in June 2016, Google listed the time till which it would support updates for some of its Nexus devices. On Thursday, April 27, the company updated that list to include the Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices as well.

Google shared that both the 2016 flagship smartphones may not get Android updates post October 2018. Google is notorious for selling smartphones with the disclaimer that they would receive Android updates for just two years since the device's release.

"Pixel phones get Android version updates for at least 2 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store. After 2 years, we can't guarantee additional updates," Google revealed in its support forum.

Updates for a smartphone are important as they not only reinforce security patches, but also safeguard the device against any bugs or other vulnerabilities.

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Last Updates

The company also shared while the Google Pixel and Pixel XL may not get additional Android updates post October 2018, the two smartphones will be eligible for security updates. However, the devices will likely benefit from the security patches till October 2019.

According to the company, the security updates are limited to three years since the device became available "or at least 18 months from when the Google Store last sold the device, whichever is longer." Post this period, the company disclaims that it does not guarantee any more updates.

This practice may inconvenience fans who do not want to change their smartphones every couple of years.

Nexus Devices Last Update

In 2016, Google support listed specific Nexus devices and the time window till when they would receive their last updates.

Unfortunately, for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users, the handsets will not benefit from additional Android updates post September 2017. However, both will continue to receive security patches till September 2018.

Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 owners stopped receiving Android updates from October 2016. Come October 2017, they will stop receiving the security updates as well.

A Ploy To Sell New Devices?

Rumors indicate that Google's next flagships — the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 — will be introduced in the second half of 2017. Google could possibly be limiting the Android and security updates for its first-gen Pixel handsets because it wants them to become obsolete by the time the successors launch.

By ceasing the Android and security updates for the Pixel and Pixel XL, consumers may be forced to divert their attention to the next-gen smartphones from the company, which would maximize its revenue generation.

However, this is ploy could backfire as consumers may gravitate toward devices from other OEMs, who offer updates and security patches for a longer period.

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