Google has dropped a list of updates guaranteed to appear on certain devices. The list also reveals when Android devices are expected to expire.
Nothing lasts forever and that’s particularly true with the smartphone business; where we see a new flagship device every year from every major manufacturer. Google has released a list of devices that will receive regular updates, to combat against the StageFright bugs that threatened Android software last year.
Google’s chosen few
Only Nexus devices are revealed:
- Nexus 5X: September 2017
- Nexus 6P: September 2017
- Nexus 9: October 2016
- Nexus 5: October 2015
- Nexus 6: October 2016
- Nexus 7 (2013): July 2015
- Nexus 10: November 2014
While only Nexus devices are revealed the information is transferable to other Android smartphones in lifespan. The Nexus 6P was released in September 2015, meaning Google has given their flagship device a two year lifespan. Android updates are usually released to for up to three years (if they ever show up), so the time frames above are no surprise.
Recently Apple faced backlash for revealing their smartphones to last only three years, after introducing a push to be more environmentally friendly.
Apple said: “Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for OS X and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices.”
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