Andy Rubin says Essential Phone will receive updates for two years

The godfather of Android lays out Essential promises in blog post

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  • It’s Me

    That’s a big promise.

  • Orage42

    That’s where Apple shines. The iPhone 5 will just lose the latest iOS version next month, a full 5 years after launch. That’s more than double what the Essential phone is promising.

    That’s golden for hand-me-downs to your wife or kids.

    • It’s Me

      According to some in the brain trust, such update periods are not important or Android is already on par with Apple, with the answer depending on which hemisphere was functioning on a given day. Yet here is Rubin promising it as a feature, because (a) it isn’t very common and (b) real people actually want it.

    • AMB_07

      True and that’s because Apple designs the components inside their phones whereas Google (and in this case Essential) doesn’t. That’s very important because Qualcomm drops support real fast for their chipsets. When Google starts designing the components for their phones I would expect at least 3-4 years of support. Until then I’ll stick to iPhones.

    • Orage42

      Whatever it is, it’s sad that it has become accepted.

      At least we have options that do offer long term support, so I’ll just keep using them also.

    • Uzair Abbas

      security updates are only for 3 years. I think that has nothing to do with chipsets.

    • AMB_07

      Security updates are glorified software patches, they can theoretically keep it up for longer than 3 years.

      Major updates are a different story and the reason for their measly 2 years of support could be due to multiple factors like Qualcomm not releasing compatible drivers, the manufacturer not wanting to bother, the update not passing Google’s CTS for official use of the Google Play services, aspects of the update being too complex for the hardware and/or the hardware simply not being powerful enough.

    • thereasoner

      It’s great for resale value as well but Apple needs to work on the quality of those updates, especially on older iPhones where performance suffers and features associated with the update not making it to the device.

  • BovineTipper

    I hope Telus carriers more colours as they launch from essential. I really love the grey one and the ocean depths turquoise one is also something different. Tempted by this or the pixel 2.

  • Do Do

    “Essential Phone will get guaranteed Android OS updates for two years and will get monthly security updates for three years, so your phone will always be secure and have the latest features.”

    WTF, I don’t see how 2 years and 3 years translates to “always be secure and have the latest features” It’s either “always” or 2 years and 3 years.

  • Migzy

    Well that’s assuming the company will be around for that long.

  • Smanny

    It looks promising. However I wish the Essential smartphone came with an AMOLED display, instead it comes with IPS LCD. So it could support Daydream VR.

  • Koma

    Statement is a bit in limbo. What does two years mean? Two years from day of launch or two years from day of end of life? Big big difference!!!

    • thereasoner

      It generally refers to 2 years=2 major OS version updates along with their accompanying point updates and then another year of security patches.

  • Omar

    “Essential Phone will get guaranteed Android OS updates for two years and will get monthly security updates for three years, so your phone will always be secure and have the latest features.”

    I think somebody needs to remind Rubin what the word ‘always’ means…