Google guarantees three years of software and five years of security updates for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from when those devices became available in the US Google Play Store. That includes three major Android version updates, security updates until October 2026 and “feature drops,” which are smaller software updates introducing extras such as vaccine card shortcuts and air quality alerts. If you own a Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 5 or Pixel 5A, you can expect to get updates for at least three years from the date each phone launched in the US Google Store.
Check to see if Android 13 and other updates will be available for your Pixel phone. One of the main differences between Google’s phones and other Android devices is that Pixel phones are frequently the first to receive new Android updates. It’s possible that you’ll be able to upgrade your Pixel phone in the next three to five years, depending on whatever model you have. New features and design improvements are usually included with Android version releases. When Android 13 is released this fall, for example, it will provide more Material You personalization. It’ll also have increased connectivity with devices like laptops and speakers, as well as improved privacy and security measures.
The Pixel 3 and earlier are no longer eligible for Android version and security updates. Google still includes the Pixel 3A and 3A XL on its list of supported phones even though those devices are only guaranteed to receive updates until May 2022. CNET has contacted Google for clarity and will update this story accordingly. Android 13 is currently still in beta, and we’re expecting to see the final version arrive in the fall alongside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Check out our full story on Android 13 to learn more about what’s coming in the update. Read more: The Most Exciting New Phones We’re Hoping to See in 2022