If you pre-order a Pixel or Pixel XL from Verizon, you’ll find a few Verizon apps pre-installed in your handset once you receive it. These lucky apps are My Verizon, Go90, VZ Messages. The good news is that you’ll be able to uninstall them if you don’t need them at all as they will arrive with Google Play Store support. However, that’s not all as far as Verizon’s stamp on the Pixel phones is concerned.
When Google unvieled the Pixel on Tuesday, and even before that, it has been speculated that Google’s Pixel smartphones are an answer to Apple’s iPhones. The pricing couldn’t be anymore of a giveaway and then Google’s hardware chief came outright confirming Google’s plans. Although, the Pixel is Verizon exclusive, it was promised that the phones would receive direct updates right from Google just like you expect from a device by Google. Exactly like you expect the iPhone to receive updates right from Apple.
A Google rep has now confirmed that Google will handle all of the monthly security updates for the Pixel, while Verizon themselves will be on the hook for bigger updates. Here’s the statement given to 9to5google :
Monthly security updates will come from Google (for all models), and system updates will be managed by Verizon for Verizon models, and Google for unlocked models bought from Google Store
That means no matter how seamless the updates are in Nougat, you’ll still be waiting for Verizon to push them out. Now that doesn’t necessarily guarantee super slow updates to Pixel phones sold by Verizon, but if you’re in the US, you know if there is one thing history proves…
Pixel phones pre-ordered from Verizon will also feature locked bootloaders which will effectively block off any custom firmware or upgrades that you may wish to subject your Pixel phone to. For those like me who love tinkering with custom ROMs, this won’t be great news but the way around this is to go for a Pixel handset directly from Google. After all, the unlocked version works on Verizon and is available with financing if that’s how you need to buy it.
Pixel phones from Verizon will not feature any Verizon logos however which means that your handset will continue to be all about Google, as you would hope it to be, just, not exactly as you would hope.
via : 9to5Google