Google Pixel four years Android OS support awaited as Samsung steals the show

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Samsung just did something exceptional! This is a moment to rejoice for Samsung fans and especially for those who just bought one of its latest flagship phones or thinking of buying one in the future. The Korean phone maker is getting better and better in terms of its whole software update game.

If you go backward in the recent past, Xiaomi announced its plan to extend the software update period for its devices to as long as three years, meaning three Android upgrades. And the same with OnePlus. In a bid to outstrip Samsung, this BBK owned company also took three Android upgrades as a weapon of choice.

And while users may have begun to attract towards these OEMs, Samsung played another masterstroke. Alongside the launch of Galaxy S22, the company also announced its new software update policy, according to which select Samsung devices will now receive 4 years of Android upgrades and 5 years of security patches.

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Google, on the other hand, is stuck on its usual three-year upgrade policy. However, Pixels have their own benefits. If you own a Pixel phone from Google, you get the chance to test any Android version at the earliest, compared to other OEMs.

But still, having four Android upgrades is an advantage (a big one, to be precise), this increases the life of your devices by a whole year and you get some new features as well that can last for an additional year, until the release of next Android version.

Most of us thought that Google will uplift its software update period with the Pixel 6 phones, but that didn’t happen. And while the company is offering around 5 years of security patches to Pixel 6 devices until 2026, Android OS updates remain three.

We say if Samsung can, why can’t Google!

Samsung giving 4 years of Android upgrades a bummer for Google. The company that owns Android should be ahead of its third-party clients. And if now ahead, it should at least correspond with them.

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The Mountain View-based tech giant has introduced many changes to its Pixel lineup in the recent past. The introduction of the new Tensor chip is one of them. And the software update period very much depends on the hardware of the device. So, if Tensor is capable, then what’s stopping Google to extend the software updates?

And even if not capable enough, Google can make it, after all, it’s their own. Just like Apple has the Bionic chip. Now, there seems no reason not to provide more Android upgrades to Pixel phones. But we still await confirmation from Google over this.

Consumers get an advantage, what do OEMs get?

We reported last year that the German government proposed that the OEMs should at least provide seven-year of software support. And while Samsung is on its path to do so, Google and the rest others are yet to make their move.

However, this will have some large-scale implications, and while it’ll be a benefit for the consumers, the OEMs might not agree on such a drastic change. Providing a longer software service will increase smartphone’s life, and thus consumers won’t often go on to buy a new one.

Not to mention, if there won’t be a demand for new smartphones in the market, OEMs will remain unsold. This will decrease the supply, leaving other OEMs with less profit on their side.

Whereas, if you buy a smartphone with a cost of more than $1000, you expect it to last for a good amount of time without becoming obsolete. You would want it to last at least 5 years with all the latest features that become part of the trendy tech society at that interval of time.

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Having said that, Google should at least offer four years Android OS upgrade perk to its latest Pixel 6 and 6 Pro phones, if not the older Pixels. And then, the upgraded software support will become a requirement for future Pixel phones.

That’s all for today folks, I’ll be back with more such opinions, so make sure you follow us on social media to be updated. Also, your feedback matters, so feel free to hit the comment section below and share your opinion as well.


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