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

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

I can’t imagine Google lastly did it. I’m nonetheless in disbelief. An Android cellphone with seven years of updates — not safety patches, however actual OS and have updates? It’s unprecedented. It’s historic.

It’s the alternative of what we’ve come to count on from Google over the previous decade and alter — so many nice smartphone options sadly left locked away due to Android fragmentation, so many merchandise buried within the Google graveyard. With “seven years of OS upgrades, safety updates, characteristic drops, and AI improvements,” will the brand new Pixel eight and Pixel eight Professional lastly break the cycle?

I used to be prepared to purchase a Pixel this week, and I nonetheless may. I need to imagine.

However throughout Google’s keynote, I observed a gaping gap in Google’s promise — and although we…

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