Is Google the new leader in smartphone software support?
Apple’s iPhones have long held the crown for receiving extensive software support in the world of smartphones. Typically, these devices receive updates for a minimum of 5 years. For instance, the 2017 iPhone X received updates up to iOS 16 last year.
However, Google’s recent announcement appears to challenge Apple’s dominance.
In a blog post, Google has committed to providing the newly unveiled Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro with an impressive 7 years of software updates. This includes Android OS upgrades, security patches, and regular Feature Drops.
As of now, the Pixel 8 phones are operating on the latest Android 14.
The company has stated that this move means that these devices will receive support until at least 2030, potentially even up to Android 21.
Google also asserts that no other major smartphone brand offers such a dedicated level of support and longevity, making the new Pixels a more sustainable choice for consumers.
This decision will ensure that your phone continually feels fresh by receiving the latest Android features over the committed years. It will also undergo testing to enhance security, with bug fixes aimed at improving the overall user experience.
However, one concern is that Google has not yet officially launched Pixel phones in the Philippines. This means that if you purchase a Pixel in the country, the device may have been imported unofficially, lacks proper local compatibility testing, and lacks an official local warranty.
Hopefully, Google will consider the Philippine market, as its new phones seem to offer solid performance and features.
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