Google promises 7 years of Android updates for Pixel 8 series

Google has made a significant commitment to Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users, promising 7 years of software support. This includes Android OS updates, security updates, and regular Feature Drops.

This commitment ensures that both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will be supported until 2030, a level that is currently unparalleled among major Android smartphone brands. This move not only extends the lifespan of these devices, but should also ensure that they remain secure throughout this period.

The company notes that the decision to extend support for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro is due to the fact that users are changing their smartphones less often. Google is working with partner teams to ensure long-term commitment and has created the necessary infrastructure for testing. Instead of releasing updates on a specific day of each month, updates will be rolled out as soon as they pass the necessary tests, providing an improved experience for all Pixel users.

Feature Drops, a feature of the Pixel smartphone, are released several times a year for all supported models from Google. These updates include feature enhancements and new capabilities in various areas such as security, safety, camera, and more.

The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are the first smartphones to hit the market with Android 14. In line with the software commitment, Google will also continue to support the hardware and ensure parts availability for 7 years.