Updates in Android have long been a source of debate. Although Google divided the most essential ones from the core to bring them to phones through Google Play Services, manufacturers have been hesitant to include major versions of the system in their models and the market average is not comparable to the two main updates that we should get in every purchase.
Google appears to be prepared to stick to its “do as we say, but also do as we do” policy and the Pixels will continue to be the vanguard of the approach. As a result, it appears that the Google Pixel 6 will provide another push to the theme of upgrades, as recently leaked.
Leak says Google Pixel 6s could see 5 years of updates
As we say, the Pixel is the model phone for Google, just as the Nexus phones were in the past until their demise. Google’s phones are designed to set a performance benchmark or, at the very least, demonstrate how things should be.
If we look at the length of time it takes manufacturers like Samsung, Xiaomi, and OPPO to maintain their phones, among others, today it will be Google that raises the bar. The leak also covers the Pixel 6, which is said to have four major system updates and five years of security patches. The phones would be secure until 2026.
The leak comes from leaker Snoopytech and adds to the ton of information that has been arriving for weeks about the Pixel 6, phones for which there are hardly any secrets left. We know them on the outside, we know them almost inside out and we even know things about their software. And now, on the table are the update deadlines. Up to Android 16, or Android 15 if Android 12.1 is counted as a major update in between.
Pixel 6 gets 4 OS Upgrades and 5 Years of Security Patches
— Snoopy (@_snoopytech_) October 13, 2021
On the 19th, the two types will be revealed to the public, and we’ll find out all there is to know about them. We’ll have to wait and see. Maybe then we’ll know something about the Pixel Pass, Google’s premium services subscription plan that also includes a phone renewal each year, which we learned of a few days ago.