Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are expected to get four major operating system updates and five years of security patches. Google normally provides three years of operating system updates and security patches for its Pixel devices, while most other Android manufacturers offer their phones two platform updates and security patches during three years. The trend seems to be changing this time around with the arrival of the Google Pixel 6 series. Google may be able to leverage its custom Tensor SoC to deliver software updates for longer.
A tipster who calls himself Snoopy on Twitter has suggested that the Pixel 6 series will receive four operating system updates and five years of security patches. Longer software support was previously stated in the marketing material leaked by tipster Evan Blass.
“Pixel ships with at least 5 years of updates, so it becomes more secure over time,” read the text of the leaked document.
Google is currently promising 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 deployed.
By supposedly extending the software update cycle of its Pixel 6 series, Google is reportedly taking on Samsung, which earlier this year promised to offer security updates on some Galaxy devices for at least four years. Xiaomi also announced in September that its flagship Xiaomi 11T series will receive four years of security updates.
Google uses its proprietary Tensor SoC on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro instead of a third-party processor. This could be the reason why it would now be able to offer a longer software update cycle.
Custom silicon is already helping Apple deliver regular software updates on its iPhone models for an average of three to four years. The Cupertino-based company has even applied security patches to some of its outdated models, most notably the iPhone 5s launched in 2013.
Exact details on how many software updates we would see on the Pixel 6 series will likely be announced at the launch slated for October 19.