Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a new Chromebook just yet

Owners of Lenovo Chromebooks looking to replace a legacy device can now relax after Google announces that it will extend its update support for a number of devices by 2025.

The company's Auto Update Expiration (AUE) policy has always been somewhat controversial among its customers, as smartphones and Chromebooks running the software only receive updates for a limited period after they are released.

Once a device has reached the end of its AUE, it will not get the latest features or the latest security updates that could make the device vulnerable to hackers.

Before buying a Chromebook or any of Google's Pixel or Android One smartphones, it's important to know the AUE so you do not buy a model near the end of its life.

Lenovo AUE revision

Typically, upon completion of Google's certification of the basic hardware design of a Chromebook model, the device will be given a 6.5-year window to continue to receive updates. A brand new Chromebook may have less than 6.5 years of support, depending on when it was purchased.

However, Google has now extended the AUE data of some Lenovo Chromebooks, including the Flex 11 Chromebook, the second-generation 100k Chromebook, the N23 Yoga Chromebook, the 300e Chromebook, the 300k Chromebook, the Ideapad S330 Chromebook, and the IdeaPad C330 Chromebook and Poin2 Chromebook 14.

When Chromebooks were first launched, they were positioned as a cost-effective alternative to Windows laptops. Over the years, however, Chromebooks have been released with improved specifications and features like the Chromebook Pixel. Due to the higher price, a longer support cycle is far more useful as these devices are likely to last longer and more likely to be consumed by consumers.

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By extending the AUE of Lenovo Chromebooks, Google could eventually change the AUE policy for additional devices.

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