Verizon will handle (and screw up) Google Pixel software updates

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Buy it from Verizon - Google's exclusive USA partner - and Verizon will be the one handling system updates, creating something of a two-tier system. A Google rep has confirmed that Google will handle all of the monthly security updates for the Pixel, while Verizon themselves will be on the hook for bigger updates. Like the Nexus, Pixel devices will receive rapid version and security updates from Google directly. Consumers who will be going for the carrier branded model will lose this benefit.

Google on Monday announced its new Pixel phone, which will initially be available for preorder in the US exclusively with Verizon Wireless. The Pixel that Google sells directly is fully compatible with Verizon's network, so you can just purchase that way to avoid potential headaches entirely. The devices also get users up to seven hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging. Verizon, however, is still free to stand in the way of your major updates, so don't expect to get them in a timely manner.

Google has officially taken its first step into virtual reality hardware by announcing the Daydream View headset, bringing virtual reality to a wider range of Android smartphones at a lower price compared to the Samsung Gear VR. As mentioned, the Nexus 6 update earlier came with the October Android security patch, but the Nexus 9 LTE update bundles the old September patch. For example, Google's Support tab, the 24-7 customer support feature, likely won't ever be available on Nexus devices. The first spots for the Pixel phones bore some similarities to Apple's ads, he said, noting the familiar stark white backdrop and shots of a slowly rotating phone. Already we've seen numerous online ads, some on our site, and even full page (and super expensive) USA Today ads, not to mention all the TV spots.

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