Google delivers the Pixel 4 and 4 XL’s last guaranteed update

If you’ve stuck with a Pixel 4 for the past three years, you’re going to have to get used to going without OS upgrades. Android Police Notes that Google has released its latest guaranteed software update for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL as scheduled. They only include the usual round of minor bug fixes and security patches, but beyond that, you can’t count on them. While Google has been known to provide one final update as a farewell, it’s not clear when (or if) that will come.

Some members of the Pixel 4 family are still covered. The Pixel 4a is slated to receive regular version and security updates through August 2023, while the 4a 5G is secure through November of this year. And you can rest easier if you are a Pixel 6 owner. This line of devices is Google’s first to get five promised years of security updates, so it shouldn’t lose until fall 2026.

Your Pixel 4 isn’t going to be obsolete right away, of course. Updates to Google Play services and apps should keep the Android flagship useful for a while longer, and Google can push out emergency patches for significant security flaws. Still, if you insist on a consistent update stream, consider a new phone. Google may not have timed this week’s Pixel 7 launch to catch up with device upgrades, but the debut certainly comes in handy.

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