Even older Google Pixel phones to receive rare kernel upgrades for extended Android updates

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Google Pixel phones, also planning a Pixel exclusive assistant called Pixie, are known for their clean software and timely updates. Still, a rumor suggests the company might take things further with a major kernel update for Tensor-based Pixels: Pixels after Pixel 5. This update could improve performance and security and extend the life of older Pixel phones.

What is a kernel?

The kernel is the heart of an operating system, and it manages everything from memory to file systems. If your kernel is outdated, your device may exhibit performance issues or be vulnerable to security risks.

Google is working on updating Tensor-based Pixels to Linux kernel 6.1. This is a significant jump from the current kernel version (5.10 or 5.15), and it could bring a number of benefits, including:

  • Improved performance
  • Better battery life
  • Enhanced security
  • Support for newer features

What does this mean for Pixel owners?

This is good news if you’re a Pixel owner, especially if you have an older model. The kernel update could give your phone a new lease on life by improving performance and security. 

As a user of the Pixel 8, I must say that I had anticipated Google’s recent announcement about providing 7 years of updates for their devices. What’s your take on this matter?

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