Pixel Phones bought from the Google Store will be compatible with Verizon HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling

Pixel Phones bought from the Google Store will be compatible with Verizon HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling
Reportedly, both Google and Verizon have confirmed that Google Store models of Pixel smartphones are compatible with Verizon's HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling functionality. That's good news if you are a Verizon customer, but plan on buying a Pixel smartphone from Google or another retailer.

However, there's no word on whether Pixels support these features on other carriers' networks. Only Verizon compatibility is confirmed, which means you might potentially lose on those two carrier-specific features if you are a subscriber to AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or a smaller carrier's networks.

We also heard that Verizon is locking down the bootloader of Pixel smartphones sold through it, which will stand in the way of those looking to experiment with the Pixel phones' hardware by developing, rooting, and flashing custom software.

Tech-minded customers might be better off buying Pixels right from Google, assuming their bootloaders can be easily unlocked through ADB commands. We'll need some more intel on that to confirm, but it's highly likely that this would be the case.

via Android Headlines

Related phones

Pixel
  • 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)

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6 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Can't you see PA? You and Verizon are in love. Good grief. Get a room already.

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1347; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Makes sense considering that Verizon said their version is actually the unlocked model with a few extra apps.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1347; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

So I did a little more reading and it seems that Verizon will only do simultaneous Pixel updates on "major" updates. What they call "general" updates will still be up to them. That possibly means most updates will still be delayed. The key here is what qualifies as a "major" update to Verizon.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's not really clear. Major updates will be simultaneous, but monthly security patches will be handled by Google. So maybe they mean updates ending in .0 will be quick, but anything ending in .1-.9 may be delayed. Regardless, this article is good news for people looking at using a Pixel on Verizon. You can buy unlocked and still have access to Verizon's HD Voice and WiFi calling. My 6p is unlocked and I have access to VoLTE but not HD Voice or WiFi calling.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta see these phones in action.

6. Marcuz

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 12, 2016

I am going to return my note 7 and want to buy the pixel XL my question it this phone

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