The much anticipated Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have been launched today at the Google event. The good news is for the first time in the history of the Pixel lineup, the new Pixel device is powered by a Google-designed chip.
What this means is that Google now has complete control over the device in terms of providing software support for a long period, something Apple has been doing for a long period.
Powering a device with Chipset from the same manufacturer gives the producer control over the inner workings of the new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. However, if you were expecting that Google chip meant the new Pixel 6 will get new OS updates like Apple, then you’ll be disappointed.
According to Google’s support page, it’s only promising to offer Android updates through October 2024 [via Android Police], a total of three years of major Operating System updates after release.
“Users will still get at least 3 years of OS updates, after which we’re committing to ensure that Pixels will stay up-to-date and secure.” “The frequency and categories of updates will depend on the capabilities and needs of the hardware.”
Meanwhile, Google during its Tuesday keynote announced that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro would receive five years of security updates — two years more than its predecessor, Pixel 5.
This means technically Google is saying it will offer new versions of Android until “at least” October 2024, the company hasn’t historically gone above and beyond those sorts of promises.