So when Google let the Pixel phones out of the bag, they also shred to the public the somewhat iffy news that Google’s brand spanking new smartphones will be exclusively sold by Verizon only, with the exception of the Google Play Store where you can buy them unlocked. So while the phones enjoyed some spectacular initial reviews, the news about being exclusively partnered with Verizon did raise some questions from the public.

One of the more logical questions would be, who would be handling the updates for the devices? The guys over at 9 to 5 Google had a Google spokesperson answer the question, and here is the direct answer below:

“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 it’s a mixed bag, that answer. While Google will still be the one pushing security updates to all Pixel phones (including Verizon models), it will be Verizon who will be handling system updates. That means any update to Android and future Android versions will be coming from the mobile carrier.


All of this unless you buy your Pixel from the Google Play Store. At that point, we’re pretty sure you’ll be getting your updates straight from the mothership as well. So if you’ve decided you can take the challenge of the Pixel’s pricing, we can definitely say that it will be an advantage for you if you buy straight from Google, since the monthly financing details would pretty much come to around the same amount.

SOURCE: 9to5Google