Google has announced that Chromebooks will receive 10 years of automatic updates, starting in 2024. This is a significant increase from the current 8-year update policy, and it means that Chromebook users can expect to receive security and feature updates for even longer.
The new update policy will apply to all Chromebooks released in 2021 or later. Older Chromebooks will still receive updates for their current support period, but users and IT admins will have the option to extend automatic updates to 10 years from the platform’s release.
This is a welcome news for Chromebook users, as it means that they can enjoy more features, functionality, performance, and security for longer. It also means that they can save money and reduce e-waste by not having to replace their devices as often. According to a report by the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), doubling the lifespan of Chromebooks could save $1.8 billion in taxpayer money and prevent millions of pounds of e-waste.
The new policy will apply to all Chromebooks released in 2021 or later. For older models, users will have the option to turn on the extended updates. Google has also stated that even if a Chromebook stops receiving automatic updates, it still comes with strong built-in security features.