Strong of the chip developed in house, Google is caressing the idea of catching up with Apple on software support starting from Pixel 6
It could be Google the first manufacturer to match Apple's offer in terms of software support. In fact, who buys an iPhone can sleep soundly for five years, during which Apple takes care of updating all the products not older than five years, not only in terms of security but also in terms of new versions of the operating system.
From this point of view Apple was and still is unbeatable, but according to the most recent rumors Google is considering the hypothesis of questioning the privileged position of Apple starting with the Google Pixel 6, which as usual will arrive in autumn. The decision would be consistent first of all with the role of Google: it is paradoxical that the first reviewer of Android has been overtaken in recent times by Samsung and OnePlus, and also that Apple has no competition in this aspect. It would also be consistent with the extraction of the Google Pixel 6, which this time around should be top of the range as they have never been before, especially the Pro variant.
Google and the 5 years of updates on the Pixel
The rumor that Google is ready to catch up with Apple in terms of support has been launched by Jon Prosser. It's not clear what the five years include: whether five full years of support for Android versions, so for example from Android 12 to Android 17, or a different formula - as is likely - with a few years (three? four?) of updates to Android versions and the remainder of security updates only (the so-called patches).
It is clear, however, that Google should - and at this point we should say would - take advantage of the fact that this year, if what has been said so far is true, its smartphones will be powered by a chip developed in house, on which Google would then have full control and no difficulty in ensuring the support that it believes more appropriate, except of course for the economic resources and men that requires a very extended support over time.
So the two Google Pixel 6 could be the first smartphone to reach Apple in terms of software support. At the moment it's nothing more than an indiscretion, of course, but it has its logic and would act as a driver for Google's smartphones as well as a stimulus for all other Android manufacturers. If the indiscretion has a solid basis we'll guess in the coming weeks, when more details about the Pixel and Google's alleged decision that would shake the market will certainly emerge. In the meantime, Google has announced the discontinuation of Google Play Services support for devices running Android Jelly Bean.
The latest on Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
Just about Google Pixel 6 the same Prosser has unbalanced. Both, according to the information in his possession, would support Wi-Fi 6E at 6 GHz, would be included in Android Enterprise, and, needless to say, would arrive with Android 12 pre-installed at the factory.
Google Pixel 6 "standard", always according to Prosser, will have a 6.4-inch OLED display, two cameras on the back with the main 50-megapixel and an ultra-wide-angle 12 MP, a battery of about 4.600 mAh, 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage.
Google Pixel 6 Pro would instead have a 6.71-inch OLED display, an extra sensor on the back namely a 48 MP telephoto lens, a 5,000 mAh battery, 12 GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512 GB of storage.