Google Commits to 10 Years of Chromebook Software Updates, Conditional on Eligibility

Google Commits to 10 Years of Chromebook Software Updates, Conditional on Eligibility

Flashback to early August, when the US PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) Education Fund criticized Google for failing to update Chromebooks, leaving countless students across the nation with obsolete laptops. Google initially pledged eight years of security updates, but by the time school districts acquired Chromebooks, that timeline dwindled to just five years. This left the devices without upgrades, essentially rendering them as plastic bricks. Responding to the PIRG’s call to “double the life” of their hardware, Google delivered.

While this move towards longevity is commendable, one question remains: is this 10-year initiative limited to the United States or will it reach a global audience? The announcement doesn’t make that entirely clear.