Chromebooks will currently receive up to eight years of Chrome OS updates

The best long term issue with Chromebooks is their fixed life expectancy — in contrast to PCs, where operating system updates are not attached to explicit gadgets, most Chromebooks just get between 5-6 years of updates. It began to appear as though Google was at last attempting to change that last year when the organization gave most Chromebooks one more year of software support, and now Google says probably some Chromebooks released for the current 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.” It’s not expressly clear if the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook and Asus Chromebook Flip C436 will get the full eight years, however, they seem to utilize new hardware platforms.

While it’s irritating to see that Chromebooks despite everything have an expiry date (because of Google never updating the Linux kernel for every gadget), eight years is getting near to the most extreme usable lifetime from any laptop — except if everyone re discussing ThinkPads, in any case. Those things simply beyond words.

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