June 17, 2024

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Smartphones can now last 7 years. Here’s how to keep them working.

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Every smartphone has an expiration date. That day arrives when the software updates stop coming and you start missing out on new apps and security protections. With most phones, this used to happen after about only three years.

But things are finally starting to change. The new number is seven.

I first noticed this shift when I reviewed Google’s $700 Pixel 8 smartphone in October. Google told me that it had committed to providing software updates for the phone for seven years, up from three years for its previous Pixels, because it was the right thing to do.

I was skeptical that this would become a trend. But this year, Samsung, the most profitable Android phone-maker, set a similar software timeline for its $800 Galaxy S24. Then Google said it would do the same for its $500 Pixel 8A,…

The New York Times News Service Syndicate

2024-05-25 06:00:37

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