What does Google Pixel 8’s 7-year update promise mean? | Phones

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When it launched the Pixel 8 series, Google also announced an unprecedented level of software support with the promise of 7 years of updates for both devices. For some, though, recent announcements have somewhat softened that promise. Should it? Let’s talk.

Google’s announcement of extended software support on Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro came as a rather big surprise. Prior to that, Google only offered three years of major Android OS and features updates to Pixel devices, with five years of security updates to Tensor-powered devices. Even Samsung, the leader in Android support at the time, was only barely beating that with four years of Android OS updates and five years of security updates.

But what exactly was Google promising?

As we initially covered, the promise covers Android OS upgrades through Android 21 in 2030. It also covers monthly security updates through October 2030, seven years from the launch date.

Google also says that these updates “may” include Feature Drops, which release roughly every three months as a combination of Android and app updates.

Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will get updates for at least 7 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US. These updates include security, software, and may also include feature drops.

Lately, though, the confirmation that the smaller Pixel 8 won’t get Gemini Nano has shaken faith in this promise. Google says that the device won’t get Gemini Nano’s on-device AI model due to undisclosed “hardware limitations.”

While it’s unfortunate, it’s extremely important to note a few things. For one, Gemini Nano was never mentioned as a part…

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