Google Explains The Reason Behind 7 Years Of Pixel Updates

Software updates for smartphones have come a long way. Back in the early days, getting an updated version of Android for your smartphone was considered a luxury. However, things have changed since then, and Google, out of all OEMs, started by ensuring 7 years of Android updates to its Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. So, how does Google achieve these 7 years of update for its new smartphones?

In a recent podcast on Made by Google, Google’s VP of Devices and Services Software, Seang Chau says that they have set up labs where they have people who are continuously testing out Android on its Pixel lineup of smartphones that have the Tensor SoC. Additionally, they also have numerous beta testers who help with reporting issues and bugs as well as help with new suggestions for OS improvement.

But, why 7 years of updates? Well, Seang states that according to data from Google, a lot of people are still holding on to their Pixel smartphones for more than 4 to 5 years. Additionally, people who sell their Pixel smartphones in the secondary market or hand over their Pixel to their family members.

So, to ensure that these users get the best out of their Pixel smartphone, Google has released the 7-year update policy as well as the special Pixel exclusive feature drops which helps Google retain its Pixel user base. We all know another reason for seven year update is to beat competitors in the update battle.

There are many benefits of long update support. Pixel 8 series is blessed with years of update support which means the device will stay up to date with new upcoming features for next seven years.

Google has decided to bring Gemini Nano, its AI tool, to the base Pixel 8. Seang stated that this feature will be available to Pixel 8 devices soon, but it will be kept away from the developer options menu so that only users who know what they are doing will be able to use this AI tool.

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