One of the highlighted features of Google’s latest flagship smartphones – the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – is five years of security upgrades. While this is good, many were more interested on how long the two phones will receive the latest Android updates, which has just been revealed to be only three years.
This is detailed in Google’s support page, which shows that the Pixel 6 series will only get guaranteed Android version updates until October 2024. Basically, this is no different from previous Pixel phones, which will also receive three years of Android (and security) updates from their respective debuts.
The only thing that’s different is the fact that the Pixel 6 phones will receive five years of security updates instead of only three. This is great, of course, but it pales in comparison to Apple’s level of support for older iPhones. Take the iPhone 6s; even after six years since its release, it’s still getting the latest iOS 15 update this year.
Granted, in a statement to The Verge, Google did say it is committed to ensure that the Pixel 6 phones “will stay up-to-date and secure” after the three years of guaranteed Android updates. But it remains to be seen if this is only limited to security updates.