For many, the challenge of keeping the contents of their fridge in date is a never-ending struggle. Well, now some mobile phone owners may be about to face a similar race against time following Google’s announcement that it is to discontinue Android OS updates for the Pixel and Pixel XL.
Following its release in 2016, the Pixel proved popular with users and reviewers, who gave the mobile model a big thumbs up, but the fickle world of technology moves on quickly and the clock has already started ticking for the seemingly doomed device. This is after Google recently confirmed that no guaranteed Android version updates would be made available for the poor Pixel (or its big brother Pixel XL) after October 2018.
As if that news wasn’t traumatic enough for fans of the soon-to-be obsolete handset, Google will cut off guaranteed security updates for the Pixel range after October 2019. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Pixel owners will be forced to surrender their phones after this date, but the devices would be at a much greater risk of suffering security breaches than their more up-to-date counterparts.
The only saving grace for Pixel owners is Google’s use of the word ‘guaranteed’. This means that there may still be updates available, but the company would not be held responsible should these revisions fail to emerge. However, similar ‘use by’ dates were released with regards to the Pixel’s predecessor, the Nexus, and these were duly met.
This news comes as Google prepares to launch the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL later this year, with many predicting the new range will hit the shelves in October, much like the original Pixel did last year. It is believed that the latest model will be waterproof, include a curved screen and, following in the footsteps of rivals Apple, not include a headphone jack; however, these rumors remain unconfirmed.
The one positive for Pixel owners is that they can continue using their devices for another two-and-a-half years, by which time many users will have moved on anyway, leaving the Pixel to join the likes of the Motorola Razr and Blackberry Q10 on the scrapheap of mobile history.