Google’s Pixel 2 series turned three yesterday, which usually means the end when it comes to the Pixel lifecycle. According to Google’s schedule, the company does not guarantee any updates to the device after October 2020. Obviously, this is not the definite end of life, in fact, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will also get an update. According to Android Police, the last update is expected in December, and will include key fixes in the November and December patches.
The Pixel 2 has received more mainstream support than its previous generation. For the original Pixel phone, Google promised two years of feature updates and an additional year of security updates. Since then, the Pixel’s support cycle has been set.
Unfortunately, this still doesn’t keep pace with Apple. For now, apple-backed iPhones were first launched in the 6s five years ago and will be available until iOS 15 next year, when the device celebrates its sixth birthday. Of course, no Android OEM vendor can compete with Apple’s support lifecycle for the iPhone, but if Google wants to try, it’s certainly capable. Another problem, of course, is that there are far fewer people using the three-year-old Pixels than there are people using the five-year-old iPhone.