A little more good news: Google is putting itself in charge of the ever-important security updates for the Verizon-branded version of the device. However, this is highly unlikely as the likes of Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X as well as Nexus 9, among others non-Google devices are also expected to be updated to the latest version available. However limiting the Pixel to just Verizon doesn't make a lot of sense as we're sure plenty of other non-Verizon users would love to get their hands on the phone as well, so we guess it's only a matter of time before it makes its way to other carriers.
Wireless carrier Verizon, which has a U.S. exclusive on the Pixel, will make a significant investment of its own in TV, digital marketing and social media, from around the phone's October 20 launch through the holiday season, said Jeff Dietel, vice president of device marketing at Verizon.
The worst thing is that the nonstop customer service support service is also not included in the whole deal. And it looks like all the downsides of going through a carrier will be coming along for the ride.
Google's Pixel smartphone will be available in two variants - a 5-inch Pixel for $649 and a bigger 5.5-inch Pixel XL that will retail for $769 in the US.
Even though the update to Android 7.1 Nougat is expected to come along with this Google Assistant feature, this feature will reportedly not be making it to non-Google Pixel phones anytime soon. Instead, Google will handle all monthly security updates, 9to5Google reports.
This is indeed very disappointing given that the Google's previous products were respected for the company's guarantee that they'd be always up to date. It's possible to simply buy the handset from Google, rather than Verizon, and enjoy a Nexus-like software experience.