There’s good reason Google might improve the update guarantee for some Pixel models in the future.
Google earlier introduced many improvements with the new Pixel smartphone and did not make them available retrospectively. This was also the case with the latest adjustment to the update guarantee. Things may be a little different this time, but there’s good reason for that.
Google has already built a good foundation for equipping its own Pixel phones with all updates for seven years. It’s really impressive what people can do with their own Tensor chipsets today. But what about devices that have the Tensor chipset but aren’t guaranteed a new update like the Pixel 8 device?
Why Google may adjust the update guarantee for older models
A colleague of ours has a coherent explanation as to why Google may later improve update guarantees for older devices at this point This will greatly reduce the development effort in the future by not having to maintain new and old Android versions at the same time
“However, I’m guessing that Google will increase the update commitment for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7. In fact, there are five major version jumps.
To clarify: Google is currently (and will do so again in the future) bringing all devices to the latest version until their support ends. If they only give the Pixel 6 and 7 three major updates, they’ll have to maintain the old version strands in parallel. It’s a lot of extra work.”
The current difference between security updates (5 years) and Android versions (3 years) in the update guarantee for the Pixel 6, 7, 7a and Fold is crucial. If Google closes this gap, it will make users happy, get good press, and reduce its own efforts and costs Three birds in one stone.
The only question is which devices can benefit. In theory it should be Pixel 7a, 6a, 6, 6 Pro, 7, 7 Pro and Fold. There is a difference of two years mentioned with these models.