Pixel 7a Will Only Get 3 Years Of Android Updates, Seems Like Even Google Does Not Have Faith In Its Mid-Range Lineup
The Pixel 7a is finally on sale for anyone who is looking to get Google's latest mid-range and to be honest. It is an excellent phone if you are looking to go for something cheap. Like the Pixel 6a, Google managed to deliver a flagship chip in a more affordable phone, which seems like a winning formula. However, one thing does not sit right, which should, of course, be Google's trump card.
Although the Pixel 7a is great with its hardware, it might end up lacking in software, which Google is really all about
The Pixel 7a is going to receive only 3 years of Android updates. This is me talking about the main OS updates. Keep in mind that some companies, mainly Samsung, offer up to 4 years of Android updates for all their devices, even those that cost lower than what Google is charging. So, by that definition, if you have just picked a Pixel, it will only go as high as Android 17, whereas the Galaxy A54 would potentially get Android 18.
Now, this might not make a big deal for people who upgrade their phones every year. Still, considering how mid-range devices usually last a lot longer because people keep using them until they eventually break down, this could be seen as an issue for a lot of people. Mind you, the Pixel 7a costs just as much as the Galaxy A54 , a phone that is supposed to get 4 years of Android updates. So, in such a situation, I would prefer to go for the latter. Not just that, all modern Samsung phones are eligible for four years of Android updates.
On the flip side, it does not make the Pixel 7a a bad deal. The phone has an impressive processor and a camera that will help it gravitate many users towards it. But for some reason, I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that Google decided to go with just three years of updates when Samsung and some other companies offer four years. Does the company have no faith in its own device?
The Pixel 7a can be yours for $499. The device packs a Tensor G2 chipset, a 64-megapixel primary camera, and a 90Hz refresh rate OLED panel. It runs Android 13 out of the box and will be updated to Android 14 as soon as the update is available for all supported devices. Let us know if you have thought about ordering Google's latest mid-ranger.
Written by Furqan Shahid