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Chromebook Life Span Now 5 Years – When Will You Need To Upgrade?

Chromebook Life Span Now 5 Years – When Will You Need To Upgrade?

Google’s Chromebook ecosystem is growing more and more each day as it get popular among consumers. One of the main reasons that Chromebooks are becoming popular is because they are so easy to use. Chromebooks are practically immune to any kind of virus, start up in seconds, and are nearly free of errors and crashes. One of the greatest features however, is actually how it updates. Rather than installing update for a couple hours after shutting the computer down, Chrome OS makes it as simple as a quick restart to apply updates. This eases the burden of users tremendously.

However with the amount of Chromebook growing, Google has to draw the line somewhere. Rolling out updates to each Chromebook takes a lot of time, money, and bandwidth. Even Google can’t support each Chromebook with fresh update forever, so where is the line drawn? The company recently released infomation on Chromebooks end-of-life policy which includes the dates on which Chromebooks will no longer be supported.

In basic terms, Chromebooks will be supported with updates for 5 years after they are released. Google’s full end-of-life policy follows below.

  • When a device reaches End of Life (EOL), it means that the product model is considered obsolete and automatic software updates from Google are no longer guaranteed.
  • Enterprise customers using devices that have passed their EOL date will no longer receive full support1 from Google’s Enterprise team. Additionally, Enterprise customers using devices that have passed their EOL date may find that they cannot manage their devices as expected using the administrator control panel or leverage new management features released.
  • Google will provide advanced notice of a model’s EOL Date on this page as soon as it is launched, giving our customers time to make purchase decisions.
  • EOL dates may be pushed later than the initial date published, but will never be sooner than listed, which will be at least a minimum of 5 years from launch of the hardware.
  • Models that have not reached their EOL date will continue to receive OS updates and function with the Enterprise management service.
  • The End of Sale date is controlled by the OEM (manufacturer) of the device model and has no relation to model’s EOL date. Therefore, it will not be shown in the table.

Google has also taken the liberty of telling us when each Chromebook currently on the market will cease to have support. These include Chromebook such as the Samsung Series 3, HP 11, the classic CR-48, and even the Pixel. Dates range from as soon as December of next year to as late as March of 2019.

  • Google Cr-48 – December 2015
  • Samsung Series 5 (XE500C21) – June 2016
  • Acer AC700 – August 2016
  • Samsung Series 5 550 (XE550C22)    – May 2017
  • Samsung Series 3 Chromebook (XE303C12) – October 2017
  • Acer C710 – November 2017
  • HP Chromebook Pavilion – February 2018
  • Lenovo x131e – February 2018
  • Toshiba Chromebook – February 2018
  • Samsung Series 3 Chromebox (XE300M22) – March 2018
  • Google Chromebook Pixel – April 2018
  • HP Chromebook 11 – October 2018
  • HP Chromebook 14 – November 2018
  • Acer C720-2800 – November 2018
  • Dell Chromebook 11 – January 2019
  • Asus Chromebox – March 2019

About The Author

Ben Schoon

Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.