Currently, it is the iPhones that get the most OS (operating system) updates. It helps in keeping the phone running well-conditioned and also boosts the resale value. But the same is not the case with Android. Even though there are companies such as Samsung, Google and now OnePlus as well, that promise four years' worth of Android updates to their flagships, it is not close to what Apple does with its iPhones. However, that could change soon. According to online reports, Google will likely offer more years of Android support to its Pixel devices.
Google is likely planning to provide the Pixel 8 series or just the Pixel 8 Pro with five years of Android OS updates. This has never been done by an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) selling Android phones. Google might become the first to do so. This would also have an effect on other Android smartphone makers. Along with the 5 years of Android OS updates, the devices are reportedly going to get 6 years of security updates.
It would make the Google Pixel 8 series a seriously good option for consumers. Google has already improved the positioning of its Pixel devices in the market by using an in-house chip and offering a great camera experience to the users. If Google also starts offering more years of software support with its smartphones, then that would justify the high price of the smartphones even more.
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Samsung is currently one of the top choices for consumers if they are looking for an Android smartphone. With policies such as this, Google will give Samsung tough competition. Ultimately, it would be a win for the consumers. Other companies may have no other option left but to follow Google in its decision to offer more Android OS updates to their devices.