Google Increases Chromebook Lifespan With 10 Years of Updates
Google has announced that is is increasing the AUE (automatic update expiration) date for Chromebooks to 10 years from the device release date. Chromebooks released from 2021 onward will now be eligible to receive security and other OS updates from Google for at least 10 years from release.
This increase is retroactive and has increased the AUE dates of all Chromebooks Tech to School sells by 1 to 3 years.
Chromebooks receive automatic updates that enhance both the device and its software. Automatic updates provide the latest features, keep the device secure, and are applied across the operating system, browser and hardware.
The increase in AUE date will help extend the usable life (and residual trade-in value) for Chromebooks within K-12. While most schools will cycle out their Chromebooks before 10 years time, the longer usable life of the deice will help schools re-capture some of that value when trading-in towards newer devices.
The longer AUE lifespan will also make slightly older (and more affordable) Chromebooks a viable option for schools that need to meet a minimum AUE date when sourcing new devices.
New AUE dates for all of Chromebooks for K-12 have been updated on the Tech to School website.