Google will sell the Pixel and Pixel XL in its own online store, but they’ll also be available through Verizon Wireless. Google previously said that Verizon will handle the software updates for the Pixel and Pixel XL, which led to hesitation Verizon’s Pixels would receive system updates later than Google’s Pixels.
Now, Ars Technica reports that Google and Verizon have both issued statements saying that all Pixel phones will be updated simultaneously. Verizon says that it “will not stand in the way” of software updates for the Pixel and Pixel XL. Verizon’s full statement:
“First and foremost, all operating system and security updates to the Pixel devices will happen in partnership with Google. In other words, when Google releases an update, Verizon phones will receive the same update at the same time (much like iOS updates). Verizon will not stand in the way of any major updates and users will get all updates at the same time as Google.
Also, the Verizon version of the Google Pixel is carrier unlocked, so you can use it where ever you like. Finally, we have three apps pre-installed on the phone Go90, My Verizon (which is your account management tool) and Verizon Messages (your messaging app). As you noted, all three can easily be uninstalled by the user.”
And Google’s confirmation:
“OS updates and monthly security patches will be updated on all Pixel devices (Verizon and non-Verizon versions) simultaneously.”
That is good news for future Verizon Pixel owners who might have been worried their devices would be left behind.
Do you plan on picking up a Pixel from Verizon?