Google Pixel phones on Verizon Wireless will come with considerably less bloatware

Google Pixel phones on Verizon Wireless will come with considerably less bloatware
Google was quite busy this past Tuesday with their "Made by Google" event. The company took the stage to officially unveil a host of new products, with the most anticipated one easily being the company's new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. These two new handsets are the first ones we've seen that are being handled entirely and exclusively by Google themselves, and while these phones have certainly created for a bit of an uproar in the tech community, there's no denying that these new Pixel handsets bring a lot of really cool ideas and innovation to the table. 

At the Made by Google event, one of the most interesting announcements was the fact that Verizon would be the exclusive carrier for the Pixel phones in the US. Although they provide some of the best coverage in the country, Verizon has been notorious for Android handsets in the past for two main reasons - slow software updates and heaps on unnecessary bloatware. The speed of the software updates shouldn't prove to be a problem at all since the Pixel phones are being handled entirely by Google, but what about the bloatware issue? Verizon officially addressed this today, and although the Verizon-branded Pixel and Pixel XL won't be entirely free of the carrier's bloat, there will be considerably less on their than we've seen on past Verizon handsets.

According to an announcement that was posted to the company's business sales portal, Pixel phones will not come with any apps that the company titles as "Preloaded Verizon Apps." However, in addition to the standard Google apps that every Android phone comes pre-installed with, the Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will come with the following "Preloaded Play Store Apps"  - 

  • My Verizon
  • Go90
  • VZ Messages
  • Allo
  • Duo
  • Android Pay
  • Docs
  • Keep

Of those 8 apps, only 3 of them are ones that Verizon owns. And, because they're apps that are simply downloaded from the Play Store once your Verizon SIM card is activated, you'll be able to uninstall any of these apps that you won't be using. This is a tremendous step in the right direction in regards to the amount of bloat that Verizon usually covers their smartphones in, and we really hope that this is a move that'll stick around for future devices going forward. 

Related phones

  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)



1. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

But does Google really control software updates? Will the Verizon variant, which must be a little different if the bootloader is being locked, get updates as quickly as the unlocked model? Seems this would be the key.

2. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Is anyone else seeing the Tyson ads on this site try to automatically download a pdf onto your device? What's the deal with that? Not good at all.

20. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I can't even post a goddamn thing until I disable my adblock and once I do the page becomes inundated with ads and the page slows to a crawl yet PhoneArena admins have the f**king nerve to whine about my use of adblock. I turned off uBlock on sites like Phonescoop and Pocketnow because when I do the ads are for the most part non intrusive especially Phonescoop. Anandtech is pretty decent as well without an adblocker.

4. joe.m

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

News actually just broke about this. Article landing soon.

19. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Apparently Verizon will be the ones controlling the updates and not Google. Despite being a Verizon subscriber I think this will cause Pixel to fail and deservedly so. Google should never have given up the Nexus model and instead just market that brand more than they have in the past.

3. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

only bloatware I see is go 90 and vz messages, the rest are google apps. My verizon is an app you want anyway.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, I actually used My Verizon on my past phones.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Should not be a single piece of Verizon bloat on these phones. WTF? The more I read the less interesting these phones sound. Terrible execution. Verizon. Go F off. Can you hear that? You failed before even getting out of the gate.

7. xocomaox

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Since they can be uninstalled, it's a non-issue.

21. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Veirzon being in charge of the updates is an issue and Pixel deserves to fail because of this.

10. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Most new phones on Verizon can add up to 15+ bloatware! 3 is a MASSIVE step in the right direction. don't overreact.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know... if you're able to uninstall them then I'm kinda questioning the term bloatware. It's definitely unwelcomed software, but it sounds like there's absolutely no difference between this phone and any other Pixel you buy from any other seller until you input the sim card.

6. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Well look at God.

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

LMFAO, even Google is a b!tch of the carriers. Apple, as usual, FTW. Apple is the only manufacturer strong enough to not broach carrier interference.

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'm betting the Verizon apps end up getting "stuck" on the Pixels for good. I'm curious whether Verizon will get to tattoo these phones with their awful branding.

11. stevetherican

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

Any confirmation on no verizon logo on the oixels from verizon?

12. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Wait and seeā€¦

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Hope They do a better job then with the galaxy Nexus on Verizon

18. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Verizon's trap stamp. :-D

23. Mr.C4

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 07, 2016

"considerably less bloatware" .... I will wait for the unlocked version. Verizon will load tons of GB of crapware

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