If you thought Chrome OS Flex was going to be the official method to get software updates on a Chromebook past its support date, think again.
How secure is a Chromebook after it stops getting Chrome OS updates? It still works but the OS and browser can’t be patched. Two strategies may change that.
Neverware, the company behind CloudReady, is now part of Google. The company provides Chrome OS installation and support for older laptops. What does the purchase mean? Hopefully, future Chromebooks never lose software and security update support.
Google has largely addressed the oft-mentioned “built-in obsolescence” and return on investment arguments against Chromebooks by announcing 8 years of automatic Chrome OS updates for all new devices.
It’s great that Chromebooks will start to show the date when their Chrome OS software support will end but that only helps existing Chromebook owners. Here’s what needs to happen to help Chromebook buyers.
The AUE, or automatic update expiration, of many Chromebooks has been extended anywhere from six-months to two-years. Check the list to see how much longer you’ll get new Chrome OS features and patches.
Got an old Chromebook that’s passed its AUE, or automatic update expiration date? Consider giving CloudReady a try: The Chromium OS-based platform may work on your old device and bring you security updates long after Google stops providing them.