Last year, Google set a strong precedent for their Pixel phones by expanding a third major update, Android 10, to the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Today, we have confirmed that Android 11 will be the last update for the Pixel 2.
Initially, Google only promised that their Pixel phones would receive two major updates, meaning the original Pixel phones should reach their end in Android Pie. Even last year, “by popular demand,” Google expanded the Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 10 to breathe a last moment of life into 2016 phones.
Similarly, this year, the Pixel 2 will be included as one of the devices compatible with Android 11 Beta, and Pixel 2 owners will receive a full Android 11 update when it launches next year . Unlike the first Pixel series, the Pixel 2 and onwards promised three major updates. 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 is the third and final major update of the Pixel 2, with no extended support planned, according to a developer comment on the Android Open Source Project. In the comment, which also includes our first mention of 2021’s Pixel 5a, the Google developer explicitly stated that they are “in the process of falling support for pixel 2.”
In that case, Pixel 2/2 XL owners can expect a similar experience to the original Pixel and Pixel XL, with one or two final security updates after the launch of Android 11, before finally falling by the end of the year.
In the same comment, the developer includes a list of almost every Pixel device, both released and untrusted, and the version of Android it launched – or will be launched – included. From the list, we learned that the Pixel 4a will actually launch on Android 10, not on Android 11 as some expect.
Based on that, we believe the Pixel 4a will receive updates until August 2023, meaning it could reach the end of support a few months shy of when we normally expect 2023 of Android 14 to launch. However, it is too early to speculate on Google’s update schedule for their mid-range devices.
If Google’s 2020 Pixel lineup seems too confusing or confusing, our Stephen Hall has broken down and simplified what to expect from each of the three upcoming phones and who they did, which can also act as a surprise. -exciting purchase guide for soon-to-be-retired Pixel 2 owners.
Pixel 2 owners, are you planning to upgrade to another Pixel phone this year or join a different brand? Let us know in the comments.
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