When Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, it reminded people that OS support does not last for ever, this is more important for Chromebooks, and while we’ve looked at this before, it’s a good idea to keep up to date with when support for your ChromeOS device will be going End-of-life (EOL).
The list is available to look at over on the Google Support website and noteably omits the Samsung Chromeboxes, but the newer model Asus Chromeboxes are now present.
| Manufacturer|| Product|| End of Life date1|
| Acer|| AC700|| August 2016|
| Acer|| C710|| November 2017|
| Acer|| C720-2800|| November 2018|
| Asus|| Chromebox|| March 2019|
| Dell|| Chromebook 11|| January 2019|
| Google|| Chromebook Pixel|| April 2018|
| Google|| Cr-48|| December 2015|
| HP|| Chromebook 11|| October 2018|
| HP|| Chromebook 14|| November 2018|
| HP|| Chromebook Pavilion|| February 2018|
| Lenovo|| x131e|| February 2018|
| Samsung|| Series 3 Chromebook (XE303C12)|| October 2017|
| Samsung|| Series 3 Chromebox (XE300M22)|| March 2018|
| Samsung|| Series 5 (XE500C21)|| June 20162|
| Samsung|| Series 5 550 (XE550C22)|| May 2017|
| Toshiba|| Chromebook|| February 2018|
1 Except where noted, these are unofficial End Of
Life dates. Official EOL for these models will be at this date or later.
2 Officially announced End Of Life date.
Google has apparently sent out an email to ChromeOS device owners stating that :
We’re updating our official End of Life policy for all Chrome devices, including previous models, to extend the End of Life (EOL) minimum term. Chrome devices receive automatic updates and security patches with each new Chrome release. When a device’s EOL term is reached, Google no longer guarantees that Chrome updates will be provided.The new minimum EOL term is now 5 years from the date the device hardware is made available for purchase. Some models may have a further extension based on regional releases and the length of sale. We’ll be updating the EOL policy and projected dates on our Chrome OS End of Life Policy page¹ soon to reflect this change.
Until your ChromeOS device reaches EOL, you will of course – unlike Windows machines – receive the very latest OS updates and features, not just security patches. This is just one of the advantages of ChromeOS. It’s more a PSA for now, but something to keep in mind.
Unfortunately at the end of next year, my much loved CR48 will be the first ChromeOS device to go EOL, a sad day indeed.
With Chromebooks as cheap as they are, does EOL matter as much on ChromeOS as it does for Windows PCs?