February 18, 2020

All new Chromebooks will get 8 years of Chrome OS updates


The greatest long-term issue with Chromebooks is their fixed lifespan — unlike PCs, where operating system updates are not tied to specific devices, most Chromebooks only get between 5-6 years of updates. It started to look like Google was finally trying to change that last year, when the company gave most Chromebooks another year of software support, and now Google says all Chromebooks released this year will get eight years of updates.

“Devices launching in 2020 and beyond will receive automatic updates for even longer,” Google wrote in a blog post. “The new Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet and Acer Chromebook 712 will both receive automatic updates until June 2028.” The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook and Asus Chromebook Flip C436 are presumably also included.

While it’s annoying to see that Chromebooks still have an expiry date (thanks to Google never updating the Linux kernel for each device), eight years is getting close to the maximum usable lifetime from any laptop — unless we’re talking about ThinkPads, anyway. Those things just don’t die.




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