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Rumor | Google will announce an upgrade to 5 years of software support for Pixel phones, starting with the 6 series

The "Pixel 6 and 6 Pro". (Source: FrontPageTech)
The "Pixel 6 and 6 Pro". (Source: FrontPageTech)
Google is now rumored to announce an upgraded program of software support alongside the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This, apparently, might involve up to 5 years' worth of updates. Should this truly be the case, it will most likely be a bid to equal Apple and its panel of iOS upgrades.

Apple currently provides its iPhones with multiple iOS versions, giving them a life-cycle with the potential to last years compared to Android counterparts from certain OEMs. Of course, Google can be said to do the next best in these terms for its own line of Pixel phones. Now, it is said that this company will roll out plans to extend this support window to equal that of Apple. 

The OEM is now allegedly "committed to at least 5 years of software updates" for the upcoming Pixel 6, not to mention its rumored inaugural Pro variant. Therefore, as they are likely to launch with Android 12, the revised schedule could leave them on an OS called "16" by the time it reaches end of life. On the other hand, this new leak comes courtesy of FrontPageTech's Jon Prosser, a tipster will a less than perfect track record.

In addition, Prosser's new Pixel leak is less than specific in its definition: for example, it is not clear whether "5 years" means 4 years' worth of updates and a further year of security patch upgrades, or a different permutation of those 2 pillars of newly-release Android software.

In any case, the leaker claims to have more insight into the Pixel 6 series' specs. The 2 devices are now slated to have 50MP wide-angle rear cameras, accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide lens in both models, with an additional 48MP telephoto module in the Pro variant. They are also now slated to support the latest Wi-Fi standard, 6E, to be 5G and to be Android Enterprise Recommended certification for .

The Pixel 6 is said to have 8GB of RAM, whereas the Pro may have 12GB. They may both have 128 or 256GB of fixed storage, with an additional 512GB SKU in the Pro. Should all this be true, Google may announce these details close to October 2021.

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The new gamut of alleged Pixel 6-series specs. (Source: FrontPageTech)
The new gamut of alleged Pixel 6-series specs. (Source: FrontPageTech)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07- 8 (Update: 2021-07- 8)