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RIP OG Pixel: Google ends support after just three years, Ars Technica

RIP OG Pixel: Google ends support after just three years, Ars Technica


      Please spend more money –

             

Google’s first self-branded smartphone doesn’t come with extended support.

      

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                          The Google Pixel and Pixel XL

                                                                                               

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                          The back of the two devices.

                                                            

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                          Made by who? Made by Google!

                                                            

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                          Check out that crazy back panel.

                                                            

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                          The fingerprint reader is slightly recessed.

                                                            

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                          The camera is great. Here you can see the laser autofocus system working.

                                                            

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                          On the front you’ve got earpiece speakers, a camera, and a sensor cluster.

                                                            

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                          On the bottom you get a whole lot of bezel.

                                                            

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                          The power button has a nice texture going on.

                                                            

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                          A headphone jack!

                                                            

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                          USB Type C on the bottom, along with a single speaker. The other opening is for the microphone.

                                                            

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                          The sides start with a beveled edge …

                                                            

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                          … and end with a rounded over edge.

                                                            

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                          Just for fun: Pixel versus iPhone! FIGHT!

                                                            

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                          With the screens off they look nearly identical, except for that home button.

                                                            

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                          Until you flip them over, then that big glass panel is the only thing you can see.

                                                            

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                          The iPhone 7 Plus is thinner, but has a camera bump.

                                                            

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                          The iPhone’s rounded sides make more sense than the Pixel’s half round, half chamfered sides.

                                                        

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Pour one out this morning for the OG Google Pixel 1. This month’s Android security patchesare out, and while you’ll find bulletins covering the Pixel 2, 3, and 4, the original Google Pixel didn’t make the cut. Google is ending support this month.

The Pixel 1launched in 2016with a promised two years of major update support and three years of security updates. It was Google’s first self-branded smartphone, ending the cheap, value-oriented Nexus line and ushering in an era of expensive — probably too-expensive — Google phones. Major OS support was eventually extended to three years, which is now standard across the Pixel line, and the original device wasupdated to Android 10in September.

Three years of support is pretty weak compared to the manufacturer Google has most modeled the Pixel line after: Apple. iPhones typically getfive yearsof major OS updates, which Apple can do partly thanks to its end- to-end control over the hardware and software. Google, if it even wanted to support the Pixel line for that long, would need to drag along Qualcomm and other chip partners to make it work. The longer update support is a major reason why iPhoneshold their valuemuch better than Pixel phones in the phone resale market, even if you go by Google’sown trade-in program.

Google hassurprised us beforewith longer-than-expected device support, but it looks like the Pixel 1 will get no such benefits. The end of the Pixel 1 update timeline heralds the beginning of the Pixel 4 update timeline, whichrecently launchedand is now getting its first security update.

                                 

                  

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