Google changed its policy of updates for proprietary devices some time ago, distancing itself from practically all manufacturers of the Android ecosystem. With the exception of the Samsung Enterprise program or the Android Enterprise itself, although these are aimed at companies. The Pixel phones would have guaranteed two years of Android updates, including two “major updates“, and three years of security updates.
With the latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the policy will not change. The manufacturer has ensured that their phones will be fully updated against security threats during the three years following its launch, which begin to run on the 21st of this month of October.
Google Pixel 3: Deadline, October 21, 2021
As indicated by Google itself, the company does not guarantee updates for its Pixel 3 beyond the next October 21, 2021.
|ANDROID UPDATED||UPDATED SECURITY||ONLINE OR TELEPHONE SUPPORT|
|PIXEL AND PIXEL XL||October 2018||October 2019||October 2019|
|PIXEL 2 AND PIXEL 2 XL||October of 2020||October of 2020||October of 2020|
|PIXEL 3 AND PIXEL 3 XL||October 2021||October 2021||October 2021|
With Android Pie of departure, and fulfilling the cycles of updates. Android Q would arrive in August of 2019, Android R would do the same in August of 2020 and Android S would close the three-year cycle in August of the year 2021. Will Pixel 3 and 3 XL receive that update? Or maybe Google understands the maintenance of the system until 2021 as the reception of all minor updates of Android R because bringing Android S to Pixel 3 will involve extending those updates to Android U.
We’ll see what happens finally because so far Android has never travelled three full years on a phone. Not, at least, in the ecosystem of own terminals or licensed by Google, or Pixels or Nexus. Be that as it may, the Pixel 3 repeats a three-year security cycle. You will see the updates of Android itself. Who knows, maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised when the time comes.
Ikechukwu Onu is a writer, front-end dev, and digital junkie with a profound interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys contributing in groups and forums, tinkering with websites, and hanging out with friends.