The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are expected to receive four major OS updates and five years of security patches. Google typically provides three years of OS updates and security patches for its Pixel devices, while most other Android makers give their phones two platform updates and security patches for three years. This time the trend seems to be changing with the arrival of Google Pixel 6 series. Google may be able to take advantage of its Tensor custom SoC to provide software updates over a longer period of time.
Twitter is owned by a tipster who goes by the pseudonym Snoopy suggested That the Pixel 6 series will get four OS updates and five years of security patches. The lengthy software support was previously indicated in marketing materials leaked by tipster Evan Blass.
“The Pixel comes with at least 5 years of updates, so it becomes more secure over time,” read the text from the leaked material.
Google currently promises to provide at least three years of updates to Pixel phone users. However, it does not guarantee updates or continued support after the last major update is rolled out.
By extending the software update cycle for its Pixel 6 series, Google is believed to take on Samsung, which earlier this year promised security updates on select Galaxy devices for at least four years. Xiaomi also announced in September that its flagship Xiaomi 11T series would get four years of security updates.
Google is using its proprietary Tensor SoC on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro instead of third-party processors. This could be the reason why it will now be able to offer a longer software update cycle.
Custom silicone is already helping Apple provide regular software updates on its iPhone models for an average of three to four years. The Cupertino-based company also offers security patches to some of its older models, including the iPhone 5s, which was launched back in 2013.
Exact details of how many software updates we’ll see in the Pixel 6 series can be announced during its October 19 launch.