Google isn’t just promising seven years of upgrades for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro — the corporate says it’ll also stock spare parts for seven years as well.
“Parts can be available for seven years. That’s a part of our commitment,” Soniya Jobanputra, director of product management at Google, told Android Authority. “[W]e have to make our parts available so you possibly can keep your hardware alive for that long.”
We’re currently on the precipice of California signing its right-to-repair bill into law. That law would require firms to supply spare parts (and tools, and documentation) for not less than seven years “after the last date a product model or type was manufactured.” The law likely wouldn’t go into effect until July 1, 2024 — but Google appears to be getting out ahead of it anyhow. The current text of the bill suggests it could cover devices sold since July 1st, 2021.
Google’s seven-year upgrade promise also includes “OS, security, and Feature Drop updates” through 2030. I even have just a few questions on what that promise actually means for you.