Verizon clarifies stance on Pixel updates, claims simultaneous OTA rollouts

A transformation in fact, and a explanation why to nonetheless be hesitant.

Working out how Verizon deliberate to care for the release of Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL, we laid down a stance that you simply will have to strongly believe shopping for your Pixel somewhere else — even though you deliberate to make use of it on Verizon. Seeing that then, Verizon has clarified the location, providing a remark to Android Imperative that makes issues somewhat much less dire: it now claims that tool updates will release for Verizon’s Pixels concurrently Google’s personal unlocked fashions. This is not all roses, although — there is a few nuance to the location.

This is the remark on the replace state of affairs, from Verizon:

Verizon might be freeing running device and safety updates for the Google Pixel concurrently Google. The tool nonetheless is going thru the similar Verizon checking out procedure, [and Verizon] releases the updates in tandem.

First of all, this is excellent news for many who are serious about nonetheless shopping for their Pixel from Verizon as an alternative of Google. Figuring out that Verizon has placed out its legitimate stance as short of to free up updates concurrently Google is a great factor for everybody. Verizon continues to be going to do its checking out on the replace ahead of unlock, because it does with each and every telephone, however on this case it kind of feels Google’s running intently with the service to get that performed with in time to push the replace in conjunction with the unlocked fashions.

This type of partnership is a huge deal for Google.

Now, the drawback here’s that the bottom state of affairs is identical now as we at the start feared: Verizon nonetheless has one thing to do together with your Pixel’s updates, and that all the time introduces attainable for problems or delays. The straightforward concept that Verizon has mucked together with your telephone in any means is what is going to stay many from shopping for a Pixel on Verizon, and not anything approximately that state of affairs has modified. Simply because Verizon plans to unencumber the updates on time with Google doesn’t suggest they don’t seem to be concerned within the procedure. (Fortunately, safety updates are supposedly nonetheless going to reach per month untouched.)

Going a step past simply the Pixels, even though, this can be a large deal for Google. Having a setup in position with Verizon to paintings hand-in-hand on updates, certifying them smartly sooner than unencumber and hoping to release them at the very same time because the unlocked fashions is one thing we now have been short of for years. We are not positive which aspect needed to bend extra right here, however it is nice to peer Google taking the initiative to push for this, and in addition to peer Verizon comply with this kind of replace state of affairs.

As for our unique advice, it will stand as-is: if you wish to have the cleanest, smoothest imaginable Pixel revel in, the one position to get it with none caveats is instantly from Google.


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