Google is making a bold move to offer automatic updates for Chromebooks for a very long time. Today the company announced plans to offer software updates for Chromebooks for at least 10 years.
in a blog postGoogle has detailed how this will work:
Starting in 2024, if you have Chromebooks released in 2021 or later, you’ll automatically get 10 years of updates. For Chromebooks released before 2021 and already in use, users and IT administrators will have the option to extend automatic updates for 10 years from the release of the platform (after they receive their last automatic update).
Google has Also set up a support page To show how this new policy will work for all Chromebooks that are eligible to receive the 10-year updates. In some cases, owners must opt in to receive these updates, but for the most part, Chromebook owners won’t need to do anything.
Google also announced plans to make it easier to repair Chromebooks. Both authorized repair centers, along with school technicians, will be able to perform repairs for Chromebook devices without the need for a USB key. Google claims this will reduce repair time for Chromebooks by 50 percent.
Google says it’s also working with Chromebook manufacturers to make new models with recycled materials and packaging, along with plans to make them more energy efficient. The blog says:
In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out new, energy-efficient features to most compatible platforms. Adjusted charging will help keep the battery healthy, while battery saver will reduce or turn off energy-intensive processes.
Google added that schools that have purchased a large number of Chromebooks can ask their reseller to quickly sell or recycle them once they’ve reached the end of their useful life. The reseller, in turn, can give the school back some money or credits while reselling or recycling the older Chromebook.