As devices get more advanced, smartphone software updates are more important than ever for adding new features, security patches, and overall longevity. Some phone makers are rising to the occasion with outstanding long-term OS update pledges, while others still lag.
Pixel in the Lead
Google is out front by promising a whopping 7 years of major OS updates for Pixel devices starting with the Pixel 8 series. This epoch-making pledge sets a new gold standard for the industry.
Google’s VP of Pixel Product Management proudly hailed this ambitious update timeline: “We’re setting a new bar for the industry so users can keep their devices fresh longer.”
Apple and Samsung Close Behind
While no company yet matches Google’s 7 year pledge, Apple and Samsung are making bold commitments:
- Apple promises 6 years of major iOS updates for recent iPhone models
- Samsung hasn’t formally announced it yet, but rumor suggests they will offer up to 7 years of Android OS upgrades
List Of Smartphone Brands That Offer Long-Term Software Update Policies
This table shows how the major players stack up:
|Years of Promised OS Updates
|Up to 7 years*
*Samsung’s 7-year pledge not yet official
Most Others Still Lagging
Unfortunately, most other Android brands still fail to support devices for more than 3-4 years. For expensive flagship phones designed to last 5+ years, this leaves customers high and dry for latter years of ownership.
It goes to show most phone makers still prioritize selling the next device over extending the life of current ones. But with Google, Apple and Samsung raising the bar, users should demand better. Longer OS update support should become an expectation, not an aberration!
The Software Lifeline
Lengthy software update support has far-reaching implications:
- Extends phone lifetime for better value
- Delivers new features year after year
- Keeps devices safer from emerging threats
Hopefully the latest update commitments spark a new movement across the whole mobile industry. All smartphone brands should commit to keeping loyal customers’ devices refreshed with software improvements for 5-7 years, rather than the typical 2-3.
Google is walking the walk here. And by doing so, they force Apple, Samsung and everyone else to put their money where their mouth is on long term software support too. That’s an exciting win for all smartphone owners!