Google has made a significant seven-year software update commitment for its Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, addressing the common issue of limited software support for Android phones.
The North American smartphone market is expected to decline by 12% this year, leading customers to seek devices with longer lifespans.
Longer phone lifespans are now crucial due to a growing focus on repairability, with more states passing right to repair laws.
Google's Android update support is shorter compared to Apple's iOS updates, which offer longer software and security support.
Samsung, Motorola, and OnePlus have varying update policies, but some models offer extended support.
Phones require security updates to stay safe as they are constantly connected to the internet.
Improvements in software optimizations and repairability are making it easier for phones to last longer.
Efforts by Google and Apple to provide spare parts and repair guides aim to extend phone lifespans.