The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL won't receive any more updates after December

Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel 2 XL (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have reached end-of-life status.
  • They'll receive one more cumulative update in December.
  • We'll miss you, Panda Pixel.

Back in 2017, Google unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, replete with many upgrades over the first-gen products. Not only did they inherit the iconic dual-tone Pixel look that we still recognize today, but they heralded many of the camera features, like portrait mode and Motion Photos, that are still among the best in the industry.

Pixel 2 Eol

Source: Google (Image credit: Source: Google)

Well, as of today's October 2020 security patches, the Pixel 2 series has reached their end-of-life. While they will be getting one remaining cumulative security patch in December, as reported by Android Police, October 2020 is the last official month of security support. They will also stay on Android 11 going forward, though the modding community will likely continue supporting them for years to come.

Google supports its phones for three years with platform and security patches. When the Pixel 2 series was released, such a support timeline was unheard of, but Google's since influenced other companies, including most notably Samsung, to extend the same promise to many of its phones, including devices released last year. Now that the stage is set we're encouraging Google to increase that timeline to five years to match Apple's iPhone lineup.

Of course, the new Pixel 5 is coming soon to entice current Pixel 2 owners to upgrade. Are you going to upgrade your Pixel 2? Let us know in the comments!

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

  • That's pretty good. I'm very happy with the service received on my wife's P2. I'll order her the P4...she doesn't need 5G.
  • I'm sad, but excited. I'll be replacing my trusty Pixel 2 XL with the Pixel 4a 5g.
  • This was a selling point to me when I got my Pixel 2 XL and the regular P2 for my wife. Just disappointed the P5 doesn't have a XL version for my large hands.
  • Satisfied 2 XL owner here that I bought at launch back in October 2017. This phone along with my OG Moto X (2013) has been the best phone I've ever had. It literally has no signs of slowing down so I'm keeping it another year and I'll look to upgrade with next year's Pixel 6.
  • I am still on Oreo with my Pixel 2 for various reasons anyway so whatever. I would have bought a Pixel 5 but it is at least $100 too expensive in the US. Hopefully, the price of the Pixel 6, if there is one, is more in line with the hardware/specs that it contains.
  • P2XL owner and will replace with either 5 or 4a5g.
  • I am so disappointed! I like my Pixel 2XL so much that I just bought another one as a backup in case my current one fails! If I had known this, perhaps I wouldn't have bought it. Will they be unsecured to use?