Last year, Google set a strong precedent for its Pixel phone by extending Android 10 to the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Today, we have confirmed that Android 11 will be the last update for Pixel 2.
Initially, Google only promised that their Pixel phones would receive two major updates, meaning that the original Pixel phones should reach the end of their lives on Android Pie. However last year, “according to popular demand,” Google extended the Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 10, so that the 2016 phone could breathe one last part of its life.
Likewise, this year, Pixel 2 is included as one of the devices compatible with Android 11 beta, and Pixel 2 owners will receive a full Android 11 update when it launches later this year. Unlike the first Pixel series, the Pixel 2 and then three major updates are promised. This means that with the release of Android 11 later this year, Google’s promise will be fulfilled.
We now believe that the Android 11 update will be the third and last major update of the Pixel 2, which has no extended support plans, according to a developer comment in the Android open source project. In the comment, which also includes the first mention of our 2021 Pixel 5A, the Google developer clearly states that they are “in the process of dropping support for the Pixel 2.”
With this happening, owners of the Pixel 2/2 XL can probably expect a similar experience to the original Pixel and Pixel XL, with only one or two final security updates after Android 11 launch, ultimately to be dropped by the end of the year before.
In the same comment, the developer includes a list of nearly every Pixel device, released and unreleased, and the version of Android launched – or Will launch – Together. From the list, we find out that the Pixel 4A will actually launch with Android 10, not Android 11 as some have expected.
Based on that, we believe the Pixel 4a will receive the update by August 2023, meaning that it may reach the end of support for a few months when we would normally expect Android 14 of 2023 to be launched. However, it is too early to speculate about its mid-range devices on Google’s update schedule.
If Google’s 2020 pixel lineup seems a bit heavy or misleading, our Stephen Hall is shattered and simplified as to what to expect from the upcoming three phones and what they are made for, which is one for the owners of the owners. Great speculative buying guides can also serve as the soon-to-be-retired Pixel 2.
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