One thing that sucks about any Android smartphone, even the best, is that unlike the iPhone, updates have to be approved by the carrier before being pushed to the phone. Because of this, it takes a long time to receive latest Android update on Android devices. On Wednesday, a Verizon spokesperson confirmed that this will not be the case with Google’s latest flagship, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
The spokesperson told Arstechnica that Pixel devices will receive update in similar way as the iPhone. Verizon will push out the update as soon as they receive it from Google. Another thing the spokesperson confirmed, that is known, is that the Verizon version of the Pixel comes unlocked out of the box, so it will be usable on any other compatible carrier.
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.