The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro tend to get four major OS updates and five years of security patches. Google typically offers three-year OS updates and security patches for its Pixel devices, while most other Android manufacturers provide two-platform updates and security patches for three years. This trend seems to be changing with the arrival of the Google Pixel 6 Series this time around. Google can use its Tensor custom SoC to deliver software updates in the long run.
A tipster who goes by the nickname Snoopy on Twitter Suggested The Pixel 6 Series will receive four OS updates and five years of security patches. Long software support on marketing products leaked by Dipster Evan Plass was mentioned earlier.
Read the text from the leaked material saying “Pixel comes with at least 5 years of updates, so it’s very secure over time”.
Google currently guarantees Pixel phone users at least three years of updates. However, after the release of the last major update it does not guarantee updates or continued support.
By expanding the software update cycle for its Pixel 6 series, Google will catch up with Samsung, promising to provide security updates on select Galaxy devices for at least four years earlier this year. Xiaomi announced in September that its flagship Xiaomi 11D series will receive four-year security updates.
Google uses its proprietary Tensor SoC on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro instead of the third-party processor. This may be the reason for providing a longer software update cycle now.
Custom Silicon already allows Apple to deliver regular software updates on its iPhone models for an average of three to four years. The Cupertino-based company is sowing security patches for some dated models, including the iPhone 5S, which was re-launched in 2013.
Exact details on how many software updates we will see in the Pixel 6 series will be announced at the scheduled launch on October 19th.