Hey Google, a $350 timepiece deserves more than 3 years of software updates

Google Pixel Watch close

Credit: Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Opinion post by
Calvin Wankhede

After years of rumors and leaks, Google finally took the wraps off the Pixel Watch earlier this week. However, the company left out one key detail during the presentation — how long it will support its first-ever Wear OS smartwatch. Luckily for us, Google’s own product documentation website goes into more detail. Just like the Pixel 7 series, the Pixel Watch will get three years of guaranteed software updates, up until October 2025 (Pixel 7 handsets will see a further two years of security updates too).

If that three-year OS promise doesn’t sound very impressive, allow me to reassure you that it’s not. Let’s start with the Pixel Watch. It faces two big competitors at the moment and both outdo Google handily in terms of support. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5, which is built on the same Wear OS foundation, will receive four years’ worth of software updates. The Apple Watch Series 8, meanwhile, will be supported for five whole years based on past trends.

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