RIP: Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL officially die with November 2020 security patch


Google’s Pixel 2 and 2 XL from 2017 are officially dying with the release of a delayed November 2020 security patch. Google has stated on its device support schedule that this will be the last software update for the devices, cementing a good reason for people to upgrade to something newer.

I reviewed the Pixel 2 XL three years ago, and I enjoyed my time with the device. It offered good performance with the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. The battery life was good, the software was excellent, and the camera – wow. That camera was astonishing for its time. Of course, it also had some gripes like the poor screen quality. But overall, I thought the phone was solid, so it’s a shame to see it go.

If you still own a Pixel 2 or 2 XL, go check the settings app for the update.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated the Pixel 2 series would receive the December 2020 security patch as its final update. That is incorrect and I apologize for the error. The article has been updated with the correct information.

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