Yesterday, Google unveiled its latest additions to the Pixel lineup, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, alongside the announcement of Android 14, the second generation Pixel Watch 2, and two new Pixel Buds Pro colors. While the excitement surrounding these new devices was palpable, one software-related announcement in particular caught the attention of many: Google will be providing an impressive 7 years of software support for both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
Naturally, this news sparked some skepticism about the ability of a Pixel phone to last as long as it remains eligible for updates. After all, wear and tear can have a significant impact on any hardware, including smartphones, not to mention the inevitable decline in battery health over the years.
Fortunately, in an interview with Android Authority, Soniya Jobanputra, Director of Product Management at Google, confirmed that this 7-year support will also extend to the hardware itself. In her statement, Jobanputra mentioned, “Parts will be available for seven years. That’s part of our commitment as we go to the seven years (sic) that we need to make our parts available so you can keep your hardware alive for that long.”
This commitment means that users can expect to have access to spare repair parts for their Pixel devices for up to 7 years after their release. This level of support is unprecedented in the smartphone industry and highlights Google’s dedication to providing customers with long-term assistance for their devices.
Last year, Google partnered with iFixit to serve as the official retailer for repair parts and kits for all Pixel devices. It should come as no surprise, then, that we anticipate users will be able to purchase any necessary parts from iFixit in order to extend the lifespan of their Pixels.
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are now available for pre-order through the Google Store and various other retailers. These devices will be the first in the Pixel lineup to receive 7 years of support. Although Google has not disclosed the cost of repairing Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro devices after the warranty period has expired, it is likely that the prices will be similar to those of repairing other Pixel devices.