Google is introducing the Pixel 7 (Pro) this week, but it’s also sending other models into limbo. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched in 2019 and turn three exactly this month. Google also suggests that the October software release could be the last for this Pixel duo after three years of guaranteed support.
- The next Pixel software release may be the last for the Pixel 4 (XL).
- Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL software support is only for 3 years.
- The upcoming software update is slated to fix a number of issues on Pixel devices.
Google may be the main developer of Android, but that doesn’t mean they’re very generous with software support on their own hardware. The search giant has started introducing extended warranty software support with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a. They are expected to offer the same on the Pixel 7. Older lineups like the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 get a simple 3-year Android OS upgrade and goodies.
The next software patch brings a lot of fixes, from audio to user interface and connectivity. Google is rolling out the update to compatible Pixel devices sometime this month. Unfortunately, the release could see the last slate offered for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Not all Google Pixel 4 models will eventually bite the dust. Both the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G launched almost a year later than their vanilla counterparts. Therefore, they are good to receive software patches and updates until the third quarter of 2023.
The ultimate pixel software rush
Just like the Pixel 3, Google may have a full preview of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL this October. There is a possibility of sending a farewell patch between November or December this year. Or maybe an emergency article to fix major security threats that suddenly pop up.
On the other hand, the initiative from the European Union may force manufacturers, including Apple, to extend customer support for smartphones and tablets. Once it becomes law, it will include measures to ensure software updates for at least 5 years.
How many years do you think manufacturers should provide software support on their devices? Let’s hear your answer – we’re listening.