Chromebooks to get 10 years of automatic updates soon. This means that devices that were released in 2021 or later will be getting a decade’s update automatically, as it is however optional for older products.
Chromebooks 10 Years of Automatic Updates
Google just announced a big change to Chromebooks that could in turn help them to last a couple of years longer. Kicking things off in 2024, ChromeOS devices will be reportedly eligible to get security updates for 10 years automatically after their reported release. Chromebooks that were released back in 2021 or later will all get the updates, and those who own older products on the other hand will have the option to turn them on.
The firm at the moment guarantees users eight years of automatic updates to Chromebooks. That period in question, however, starts at the time when the company certifies a Chromebook, and not when it is actually in the hands of the owner. And just because of the time that it takes schools and businesses to buy, receive, set up, and then deploy new fleets of computers, they commonly and at most times end up getting four to five years of use out of them in practice.
The Chromebook Churn Report
A report known as “Chromebook Churn,” which was published by the US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, sparked a whole lot of discussion in regard to the environmental impact of ChromeOS in the education space in the early parts of this year. The report estimated that “doubling the lifespan of Chromebooks could result in $1.8 billion in savings for taxpayers.” And while two additional years isn’t much of a doubling, it is certainly an excellent step in the right direction that could get to save customers money as well as cutting down their e-waste.
Google also reportedly notes in its press release that “even if a Chromebook is no longer receiving automatic updates, it still comes with strong, built-in security features.”
Google Is Rolling Out Updates to Its Chromebook Repair Program
Tech company Google has stated that it is also rolling out updates to its Chromebook repair program that will enable technicians to make software fixes without any form of physical USB key. The company on the other hand estimates that this will make software repairs quicker by well “over 50%.”
Google to Roll out Additional Features to Help Improve Energy Efficiency
Additional features to help improve energy efficiency will reportedly roll out in the coming months, and this is including adaptive charging (which has quite been available in Canary for some time now) to help preserve battery health as well as a new Energy Saver mode.
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