Mobile communications giant, Verizon Wireless has said that nothing will stand in the way when updating the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The company has been scrutinized for slowing down Android updates, and Google said last week that the company should also certify the carrier sold Pixel phones before they are launched out to the customers.
After this, suspicions were raised that the Pixel phones might not get the new Android updates as soon as they are released because of that.
However, Verizon has dismissed such a notion through a statement given to reporters which stated unequivocally that,
First and foremost, all operating system and security updates to the Pixel devices will happen in partnership with Google. In other words, when Google releases an update, Verizon phones will receive the same update at the same time (much like iOS updates). Verizon will not stand in the way of any major updates and users will get all updates at the same time as Google.
Also, the Verizon version of the Google Pixel is carrier unlocked, so you can use it where ever you like. Finally, we have three apps pre-installed on the phone Go90, My Verizon (which is your account management tool) and Verizon Messages (your messaging app). As you noted, all three can easily be uninstalled by the user.
So much can be derived from the statement and it’s good that the company is not going to stand in anyone’s way. The news will be well received by people who have been planning to buy the new Pixel phones, next week when they come out.
The company said that their arrangement with Google was the same as that which they had with Apple, which has total and complete control over their iOS software releases. The same can’t be said about other phones such as Samsung, LG, Motorola and other Android-based makers.
Another important thing is that the Pixel phones will also be available to use with the other networks, much like the other phones sold by Verizon. It also seems like the three preloaded apps on the phone can also be uninstalled.
All of this is good news for the Google and Android enthusiast. Basically what Verizon is saying is that the Pixel phones will have the freedom they need to prosper. Good news!