The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will receive four major OS updates and five years of security fixes. Google typically provides three years of OS updates and security patches for their Pixel devices, while most other Android manufacturers provide their phones with two platform updates and security patches for three years. This time around, the trend seems to be changing with the arrival of the Google Pixel 6 series. Google may use its own Tensor SoC to provide software updates for a longer time.
The Tipster, who is known on Twitter as Snoopy, proposed that the Pixel 6 series will receive four OS updates and five years of security patches. Longer support for the software was previously cited in marketing materials published by whistleblower Evan Blass.
“Pixel has been updated for at least 5 years, so over time it becomes more secure,” – says the text of the leaked material.
Google currently promises to provide at least three years updates for Pixel phone users. However, this does not guarantee updates or continued support after the last major update is released.
Supposedly expanding the software update cycle for its Pixel 6 series, Google will take on Samsung, which promised to offer security updates on select Galaxy devices for at least four years earlier this year. Xiaomi also announced in September that its flagship Xiaomi 11T series will receive four years of security updates.
Google uses its own Tensor SoC on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro instead of a third-party processor. This may be the reason that it will now be able to offer a longer software update cycle.
The chip is already helping Apple provide regular software updates to its iPhone models for an average of three to four years. The Cupertino-based company is even rolling out security patches to some of its legacy models, including the iPhone 5s, released back in 2013.
The exact details of how many software updates we’ll see on the Pixel 6 series are likely to be announced at the launch scheduled for October 19th.