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Google Pixel 2 Will Get Android OS Update For 3 Years

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Today’s official reveal of the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones is a huge one for the company, and it comes with some extra peace of mind when you purchase one. Google has announced that both phones will get three years of OS platform software updates.

Previously, Google’s original Pixel phones, and its earlier Nexus handsets, got two years of OS software updates. This new reveal for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL means that if you buy one, not only will you be able to get Android P and Android Q updates for the phone, you will also get Android R as well.

The longer support timeframe for version updates is now aligned with the three years of security updates Google guarantees for its own-brand devices.

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This is pretty unprecedented, and makes getting one of the new Pixel 2 phones a much more attractive option, especially since many Android phones only get one OS software update before they are forgotten. Keep in mind that even though the Pixel 2 phones may get Android R updates, it’s possible that some features in future Android versions may not be available on those phones, based on new hardware requirements.

What do you think of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL getting three years of Android OS updates? Does it make you more likely to purchase one of these phones? Let us know what you think in the comments!

The longer support timeframe for version updates is now aligned with the three years of security updates Google guarantees for its own-brand devices.

Oddly, given how useful this move is for owners, Google didn’t mention extended support in its announcement yesterday.

The detail is buried in a drop-down menu on the Pixel 2’s tech specs page under ‘Operating system’, which states, “Minimum 3 years of OS and security updates”.

The Pixel 2 support update was spotted by Android Police. A possible reason for the longer updates for the Pixel 2 is Google’s Project Treble.

This project also lay the groundwork for the extending the Linux kernel’s Long Term Support timeline from two years to six years, which helps vendors to port new versions of Android to devices for longer periods.

Treble’s easier updates benefit devices that ship with Android 8.0 Oreo and beyond, and Pixel 2s are some of the first in this group.

Longer and faster updates will be appealing to iPhone owners who have avoided switching to Android due to the shorter support periods.

Google’s Pixel 2 page has a ‘Why Switch’ that also highlights the three-year support and fast charging, which is available on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X but requires a different plug and cable to those included in the box.

The page also has a link to Google’s new Pixel trade-in program, which offers up to $380 in credit towards a Pixel 2 when you hand your old iPhone to Google.

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