Some Android phone makers are starting to seriously consider offering longer-term support for their phones, while others are shipping phones that may never see a single security update, let alone an update. major operating system update.
You’d think Google would be top of the class here, since the company’s Pixel phones run Google-created Android software. And indeed, if you buy a Pixel 6 this year, it will continue to receive security updates until at least October 2026. But if you bought an older phone, you might not have been so lucky: the Google Pixel 3, for example, was released in 2018 and the phone recently received its latest update.
Here’s the thing though: as Motherboard’s Aaron Gordon points out, the Google Pixel 3 is still a pretty good phone. The software is relatively up-to-date and the specs are good enough to run the latest Android apps. And even if it never receives a major Android OS update, it might still get new features through app updates and updates rolled out to Google Play Services.
But without new security updates, the phone is essentially a ticking time bomb. As new vulnerabilities are discovered and left unpatched, using an old phone that no longer receives security updates starts to feel like you’re just asking to be hacked.
And so Gordon finds himself “forced to throw away a perfectly good phone.” Heck, this is a phone you can still buy new for around $190 and up.
So that made me wonder. Is the end of security updates enough to make you consider ditching a phone that’s otherwise still useful?
Personally, I find that my phones usually suffer from battery degradation long before security updates stop. So I end up buying a new phone every 2-3 years anyway since it’s increasingly rare to find a phone with a user-replaceable battery (unless you go for niche devices like the PinePhone Pro or the Fairphone 4).
But non-removable batteries and security updates that end after a few years are both symptoms of the same problem: planned obsolescence. It’s not really in most phone manufacturers’ best interests to let you use the same device for more than a few years, because they want you to buy a new one.
Google forces me to throw away a perfectly good phone [Motherboard]
As we say goodbye to Google Pixel 3 security updates and wonder if 3 years of support is really “a great experience” for users, I wonder: do you still use the phones after that? they no longer receive updates? I guess some never get them at all, so…
Huawei’s P50 Pro and P50 Pocket get a larger version with glaring omissions [CNET]
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Lenovo Legion Phone 3 Elite and Legion Phone 3 Pro leak with multiple gaming features and up to 18GB RAM [NotebookCheck]
Lenovo’s next-gen gaming phones could have monster specs, dual fans for cooling, big batteries, 144Hz displays, and plenty of gaming buttons (4 x ultrasonic shoulder, 2 x capacitive back, 2 x force on the screen). There have been a number of official teasers from Lenovo, as well as unofficial leaks recently. The NotebookCheck article pretty much sums up what we know so far.
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Android apps on Windows 11 for Windows Insiders Release Preview Channel [Microsoft]
Next month, Microsoft will launch a public preview of the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), allowing you to run Android apps on stable Windows 11. Prior to this launch, WSA is now available in the Release Preview channel for Windows Insiders.