Video: First demeanour during Google’s Pixel 2 and 2 XL
Among yesterday’s hardware announcements, Google sensitively slipped in a reward for Pixel 2 buyers, who are now guaranteed 3 years of Android chronicle updates instead of a dual betrothed for progressing Pixel and Nexus devices.
The longer support timeframe for chronicle updates is now aligned with a 3 years of confidence updates Google guarantees for a own-brand devices.
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Oddly, given how useful this pierce is for owners, Google didn’t discuss extended support in a announcement yesterday.
The fact is buried in a drop-down menu on a Pixel 2’s tech specs page underneath ‘Operating system’, that states, “Minimum 3 years of OS and confidence updates”.
This plan also lay a grounds for a extending a Linux kernel’s Long Term Support timeline from dual years to 6 years, that helps vendors to pier new versions of Android to inclination for longer periods.
Treble’s easier updates advantage inclination that boat with Android 8.0 Oreo and beyond, and Pixel 2s are some of a initial in this group.
Longer and faster updates will be appealing to iPhone owners who have avoided switching to Android due to a shorter support periods.
Google’s Pixel 2 page has a ‘Why Switch’ that also highlights a three-year support and quick charging, that is accessible on a iPhone 8 and iPhone X though requires a opposite block and wire to those enclosed in a box.
The page also has a couple to Google’s new Pixel trade-in program, that offers adult to $380 in credit towards a Pixel 2 when we palm your aged iPhone to Google.
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