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Google’s seven-year Pixel update promise is historic — or meaningless

Close-up of the Pixel 8’s rear camera bar.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

I can’t believe Google finally did it. I’m still in disbelief. An Android phone with seven years of updates — not security patches, but real OS and feature updates? It’s unheard of. It’s historic.

It’s the opposite of what we’ve come to expect from Google over the past decade and change — so many great smartphone features sadly left locked away because of Android fragmentation, so many products buried in the Google graveyard. With “seven years of OS upgrades, security updates, feature drops, and AI innovations,” will the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro finally break the cycle?

I was ready to buy a Pixel this week, and I still might. I want to believe.

But during Google’s keynote, I noticed a gaping hole in Google’s promise — and though we…

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