With the November security updates rolling out today, it seems as if the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL have finally reached their end of life, at least as far as Google updates are concerned. The original Pixels were launched in October 2016 (and it feels like only a week or two ago, really) with the promise of two years of Android updates, and three years of security updates.
The original Pixel received almost 3 years of OS updates actually, having been upgraded to Android 10 in September.
With the November 2019 security updates rolling out today, though, we have seen for the first time that the Pixel and Pixel XL are no longer in the update list.
This is 3 years exactly of security updates, so Google was true to its word here. I won’t lie, we were all hoping the Google would follow Apples lead and keep updating their older devices until it wasn’t actually possible to do so. However, it wasn’t to be, and today is the end of an era, the end of the road for Google’s first foray into being a real devices OEM.
While the original Pixels will continue to serve their owners well, unfortunately they’ll do so without the benefit of any security or bug fixes going forward. If your security matters to you, and you’re still using an original Pixel, it’s now time to upgrade.