Nothing lasts forever and if you’ve invested in a Chrome OS-powered device, it’s good to know how much support time you’ll have from Google. The folks in Mountain View recently updated its end-of-life schedule for Chrome OS devices, letting people know how long a specific product will have guaranteed support from Google. What happens when your device reaches its EOL date? It’ll work, however it may no longer receive automatic software updates from Google. This will most likely result in missing features and possible performance issues.
Google offers five years of guaranteed support from the date a device is made available for purchase. Anything beyond that is pretty much a courtesy.
Here’s a look at Google’s updated EOL schedule:
Update: Google’s Chrome team has sent out an email notifying Chrome OS device users of this update.
We’re updating our official End of Life policy for all Chrome devices, including previous models, to extend the End of Life (EOL) minimum term. Chrome devices receive automatic updates and security patches with each new Chrome release. When a device’s EOL term is reached, Google no longer guarantees that Chrome updates will be provided.The new minimum EOL term is now 5 years from the date the device hardware is made available for purchase. Some models may have a further extension based on regional releases and the length of sale. We’ll be updating the EOL policy and projected dates on our Chrome OS End of Life Policy page¹ soon to reflect this change.