Google: Verizon Will Control Updates for the Pixel

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Just three days ago, Google unveiled to the world their latest smartphones called the Pixel and Pixel XL. As was the case with the company’s Nexus smartphones, it’s been assumed that Google would be in total control of all software updates for the devices, including major upgrades like Android 7.1. However, since Google has given Verizon exclusivity in order for them to be the only network carrying the handsets, this won’t be the story for those of you buying the Pixel locked.

According to a statement sent to 9to5Google from a Google spokesperson, it’s been confirmed that Verizon will be managing all major software updates for both the Pixel and Pixel XL. It’s worth noting that Google will be pushing out security patches to Verizon’s devices, however. Here’s a snippet from this quote:

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.

So if you choose to purchase your Pixel or Pixel XL from Verizon, expect a delay in the latest software updates since the carrier will be in charge of them and not Google. However, when a new security patch comes out, you’ll get it immediately just like everyone else.

As is the case with many carriers, Verizon will preload a few apps onto the Pixels, however nothing significant; My Verizon, Verizon Messages, and the Go90 streaming service will all be included. This will no doubt sound like a deal breaker to someone looking for a more stock Android approach, but if you’re that concerned, just buy your Pixel straight from Google. It’ll still work on Verizon, you won’t get any bloatware, and monthly payments can be provided by your request. Obviously, many of you probably won’t listen, but take it into consideration nonetheless.





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