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Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro may get four Android updates, five years of security patches

Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro may get four Android updates, five years of security patches

It was earlier predicted that Google will provide extended software support to its upcoming Pixel phones. Yet another speculation now confirms the same, sharing some details of how these updates will be rolled out.

Story highlights
  • Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will likely get extended software support.
  • The security updates might be rolled out for the smartphones for the next five years.
  • The move will help the phones stay relevant for much longer.

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will mark their debut at a Google event scheduled for October 19. Much information about the phones is already out before their launch. Not all of it is officially confirmed though, and we are still dealing with some grey areas when it comes to knowing everything about the new Pixel smartphones.

New speculation has reiterated that the smartphones by Google will get extended software support. It is being hinted that Google will provide a total of four Android updates to the phones, which will already ship with Android 12. In addition, there will be five years of security patches for the two smartphones.

The speculation has been made by noted tipster Snoopy Tech in a recent tweet. Note that this is not the first time that such a prediction has been made for the Pixel phones. Even back in July, a similar report had surfaced, mentioning 5 years of software updates for the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro.

The new tweet seems to be in confirmation with the previous predictions and further delves into the details. Four Android updates mean that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will support up to Android 16, likely to roll out in 2025. The security updates will be available even beyond that, till 2026.

It is easy to see how this would make the Google smartphones relevant for a much longer time. If Google indeed follows this timeline for the updates on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the smartphones can justify their price point to an extent that was never possible before.

Pixel smartphones are the first to get new Android updates every year. So four, timely Android updates will mean your Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will always stay up to date with the latest Android OS. Plus the security updates for another year will ensure you have five years of complete software support with the two phones.

Smartphone makers have been avoiding this strategy for a while now, as longer life for phones means fewer people will upgrade to the latest model. Though they may not have a choice going forward, as regulatory bodies like the European Union have a plan to mandate such software updates for up to seven years.