Google’s Pixel 2 has gotten its last update

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were flawed-yet-likable devices with a camera that stood out from the competition
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After three years of support, the Pixel 2 has received its last update from Google: a delayed November security patch going out to the devices this month, as noted by Android Central. Google’s device support schedule indicates that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren’t guaranteed security updates after October 2020.

Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in October 2017. The two devices were identical in every way except size, and they earned plenty of praise for their somewhat groundbreaking camera. Google was early to really lean into camera software and computational photography, and the results showed in the Pixel 2 — its single rear-facing camera was in many ways ahead of the multi-camera-toting competition.

Aside from a highly capable camera and an overall likable design, it wasn’t without its troubles. The Pixel 2 XL’s screen suffered some well-documented woes, including a tendency toward a blue color cast when viewed at slightly off angles. Shortcomings aside, the 2 and 2 XL will be best remembered as the smartphones that put truly incredible image processing capabilities into your pocket.

Nevertheless, time marches on, and current Pixel devices will see a December security patch arriving this week. The Pixel 3 and newer will also be receiving new features borrowed from recent devices, like adaptive sound and Extreme Battery Saver mode.


RIP, pixel 2 was such a great phone. My Pixel 3 is next…

Same. Hope the Pixel 6 is worth upgrading to.

I have no need to upgrade from my P2XL.

And here I am with my 5 years old iPhone 6s with the latest iOS installed. There is even a chance it will see an iOS 15…

…and here we are with the ability to load any program or firmware that we want on our phones at any time regardless of Google’s official support.

Yep, and it doesn’t even void your warranty either! Meanwhile Apple will complain because you were plugging your phone in wrong or something.

don’t hurt yourself with that reach. also, what warranty? baby we’re talking about a 3 year old phone.

Also, I don’t recall Oglenas specifying a specific phone, he merely made a general statement in response to someone’s comment regarding the Pixel 2.

you’re right- this is totally representative of the entire company and their support structure. how have you been keeping this two and ½ year old article a secret when you surely could have shorted their stock as it crumbled?

Does the Apple store employee represent Apple, yes or no? Has Apple in the past claimed multiple times that "Well the customer was <holding it wrong, wearing it wrong, etc> wrong!" yes no no? These are not hard questions to get right.

…and here we are with the ability to load any program or firmware that we want on our phones at any time regardless of Google’s official support.

Nobody should have to do that on a three year old phone to keep it updated. There is no good technical reason that a Pixel 2 can’t keep getting updates for at least 5 years.

Meanwhile, my iPhone 6 is stuck on iOS 12…

Yep, my iPad mini 2 stuck on 12…
Still not as bad as my MBP with a Nvidia GPU

Mine too. Still, it has received a few security updates after 13 and 14 came out. Amazing support for older devices by Apple.

Call me when you can load a custom OS onto your phone, or when iOS can finally update system apps without requiring a full OS update.

Nope, 6S won’t get iOS15. 14 was the end of the road.


Just rumors, currently.

Have a Pixel 2 in hand right now, and not ready to give this little guy up. Pixel 5 just doesn’t have anything that makes me need to update. Oh you know, outside of the fact that the device is in perfect condition (I changed the battery this summer while waiting for the 4a to release, and I’m glad I did).

Of all the things, this is what makes me consider iPhones the most.

Or just do one of the many things you will never be able to do on iOS and load up a custom firmware. PixelDust is pretty great, adds in a few nice features without being horribly bloated. If my Nexus 4 didn’t actually die after 7 years of ownership I bet there’s Android 11 ROMs for it I could flash right now.

and for what it’s worth, android 11 will continue to run android apps well into the future, like how android 6 did… iOS apps not as lucky about this.

My wife and I have enjoyed flawless performance from our Pixel 2 and 2 XL for 3 years, and they are both in excellent condition. Even battery life is still acceptable. I wish Google could lengthen support and monthly security updates beyond 3 years, but given our overall happiness with Pixel phones, and Google Fi, we have ordered a pair of Pixel 4a 5G phones as our Christmas presents to each other.

The phone I had before my current iPhone 11. I still miss the camera, it was just better, especially for lowlight but just generally it just produced better images. Loved the thing until the battery obviously started reducing in capacity. I do also miss Google Assistant, Siri really hasn’t gotten much better at all since it was introduced. It’s crazy actually and hopefully something Apple seriously start addressing soon.

It really is a shame the support gets dropped so soon. These devices can last for years and years (with a battery change), we should be doing better as a society to promote longer usage of perfectly fine devices.

It’s a bizarre problem. My Pixel 2XL is working just as well as it has since I bought it, and I have no intention to stop using it. I’d be happy to pay for updates for it, but not to throw it out and buy a new phone for no reason other than to prop up a business model. This just means I’ll have to install a different distribution.

That this article pushes the same "were", "end of the road", "be best remembered", "time marches on" narrative seems irresponsible.

I gave mine to my mother when I got the P4XL and it still works perfectly, in fact she loves the phone.

OS versions aren’t nearly as important on Android as they are on iOS, but It sucks that it won’t get any more security patches.

And, sure, I could always go the custom ROM way, like many here have suggested, but, in the back of my head, I’m always worried I’ll screw something up and brick my mom’s phone…

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