Over the last few weeks, almost everything about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro has leaked online ahead of the official announcement. Now, according to a recent rumour, the Pixel 6 will receive four big Android updates during its lifetime. Unlike Apple and Samsung, Google has maintained a consistent nomenclature for their phones. After the first Pixel, there was the Pixel 2, then the Pixel 3, and so on. Google has stated that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be available in 2021, rather than an XL model.
Android and Security Update Rumours
After its formal introduction later this month, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will receive four major Android updates as well as five years of security fixes, according to a user identified as snoopytech. This means that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which will come pre-installed with Android 12, will be updated to Android 13, 14, 15, and 16 in the future, with security patches guaranteed until 2026.
According to prior rumours, Google’s future smartphones would include a Tensor processor. With the Tensor chipset, it looks that the company will be able to give long-term Android upgrades and security patches. Prior to this, Google devices used Qualcomm processors, which could have caused difficulty for the company in terms of transitioning to newer OS versions.
Google’s promise to provide updates for an additional year may compel other Android smartphone manufacturers to extend the software support period as well. It’s encouraging to see companies making an effort in this area. Google previously confirmed that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will have nearly identical features, including a camera bar that spans the length of the phone’s back.
If all goes according to plan, Google will reclaim the lead in terms of Android OEM support. Samsung now holds the title, with some models receiving up to four years of security fixes and some enterprise systems receiving up to five years. Samsung, on the other hand, typically only offers two to three significant Android updates per year, and they’re often fairly late. Meanwhile, Google is expected to provide these five years of support in a timely manner.
Release Date of Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
Google has scheduled a launch event for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on October 19. At 10 a.m. PT/ 10:30 p.m. IST, the event will be streamed live on Google’s event page.
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