Aug 31, 2020 News
Pixel phones are one of the best in terms of software related experience, as they fall under Google, and Google basically owns Android. This allows Pixel devices to be eligible for a long period of software updates - including multiple complete Android jumps. However, after the Android 11 release comes out globally, the Pixel 2 and 2XL will finally reach the end of their destination, having fulfilled 3 years of complete software updates. But there is a way to extend a phone’s life even after it has completed its set amount of software upgrades.
LineageOS basically allows a phone to get a couple more years of software updates and jump to extra Android versions without being limited by the manufacturer. For example, Google’s Nexus 6 which was released in 2014, only was limited to Android Oreo, or 8.0. With the help of LineageOS 16, it’s now compatible with Android 10 as well. The OS is available for a lot of devices, but we’re here to talk about the Pixel 2 series, as the support for LineageOS 17.1 has arrived for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL.
A few weeks ago, the 17.1 version of LineageOS was announced for several Google devices, including Nexus phones. However, it was strange that the Pixel 2 pair was left out from that list. Now, they’re finally back where they belong, and will be compatible with the newest OS version. It’s currently unknown how much work will be needed for all of these Pixel phones to be fully up and running with the latest LineageOS version, but it is expected to take time. Moreover, this makes every phone from the Pixel lineup compatible with Lineage except the newest device from Google, being the 4a - which should get its support in due time as well.