The Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will be getting their updates on time

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon will be getting their updates on time
It was speculated that Google Pixel smartphones bought from Verizon wouldn't receive security and software updates at the same time as units bought directly from Google – which is instantly, the moment they are ready.

This doesn't appear to be the real case, though, as Verizon has confirmed that its customers will get updates at the same time as unlocked users. According to the carrier, all operating system and security updates to Pixel devices happen in partnership with Google, and Verizon won't stand in the way of the delivery of any major updates.

Moreover, the carrier version of the Google Pixel is unlocked as well, has only three Verizon apps pre-installed, and all of them are removable. This puts to rest expectations that updates to the Verizon version of the Pixel and Pixel XL will be typically slow due to the time-consuming carrier approval process.

Obviously, Verizon has listened to customers' wishes and its partnership with Google ensures that Pixel smartphones will be presented as closely to their original intent and purpose as possible. That's good news for anyone planning to pick up the Pixel or Pixel XL from the carrier, rather than getting it from Google or another retailer.

via Ars Technica

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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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12 Comments

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

another hoax from verizon.i wont fall for it

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol I'll believe it when I see it. Verizon is about as trustworthy as a politician.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"I'll believe it when I see it" You took the words right out of my mouth.

10. manzer

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Or Trump

12. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

And even of it's true for the Pixel lineup Verizon should do the same for all other Android phones seeing as how they're now either bought outright or on payment plans.

4. Fona13A unregistered

How many times was this said about any HTC-Aligned Google hardware?

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Suuuurrrrreeeeee....... Verizon out here lying again. I haven't bought a device from Verizon since the HTC Thunderbolt and I won't start now. My Galaxy Nexus was a nightmare when it came to Verizon delivering up-to-the-moment updates.

13. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

I don't know if you or any of these other imbeciles on here understand this but Verizon could not make this statement if part of the Google-Verizon carrier agreement did not consist of this information. Verizon signs the updates since this is the Verizon-sold Pixel, that does not have an unlockable bootloader, but this has to take place before the update is launched, so when Google's store-sold Pixel gets an update when they launch it, the Verizon Pixel does too. So no, this is not like your Galaxy Nexus, where Verizon handled the update situation entirely. Since Google put these Pixels out, Google can now make itself a priority to its partners, like Verizon, and so Verizon has to allow their stuff to be uninstalled on that phone and they have to work closely with Google to sign the updates before they go live, because everything Verizon is doing that seems unfathomable based on their other carrier models, has to be done because of the type of phone this is, and Google's buying power and financial means. Motorola can't make this type of deal with their Moto Z's nexuses they have to let Verizon essentially do what they want with the phone, along with everyone else but Google, because they also include their software tweaks and perks alongside Verizon's crap, and Google's stuff. The Pixel is the best showcase of Google software and services, and even the carrier model has to be a showcase of the software straight from Google, so Verizon couldn't do what they do with their other phones. So it has to be this way. I will get my Pixel through Verizon, if I do buy another phone, because I am not really one for unlocking bootloaders on expensive phones (the reason why you buy the Google store-sold version if you are on Verizon) and I already really like the software. Oh, I also save $300 buying from Verizon when I trade my turbo 2 in, instead getting the phone for $350 (+taxes and everything) instead of $650, which essentially buys me the ability to unlock the bootloader.

6. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Not sure why anyone would buy from verizon, just buy from google store. Big red is evil.

8. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This is how all phones on all carriers should receive their updates!

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Verizon always has an excuse. They have one for not giving customers more data. They had many for trying to charge customers more like that fee just for paying your bill. They'll have one for slowing down updates.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Your not to highly thought of Verizon. You crooks. Now get lost.

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