It is the pivotal point that will separate the now-disbanded Nexus line with the fresh Pixel phones and it is an experiment that will finally show us if Google is capable of being more than a software distributor, or not. It's worth mentioning that the same applies to Verizon Pixel smartphones purchase from Best Buy, since the retailer is not carrying the unlocked versions of the handsets. And Pixel owners will get software updates straight from Google the moment they become available.
That's according to 9to5Google, which got confirmation from a Google spokesperson, who told the website "system updates will be managed by Verizon for Verizon models, and Google for unlocked models bought from Google Store". We're not sure when this one will go live, but the offer is already listed at the link below on Best Buy's page for the Pixel. The carrier has a reputation for being slow on the trigger with system updates.
Meanwhile, Google's "Daydream View" virtual-reality headset will be available next month for US$79, in time for the end-of-year shopping season. Unfortunately, the "quick switch" adapter will be shipped only with the Pixel phones and it will allow users to move data from iPhone to Android. However, the Verizon version of the Pixel will come up with some carrier software preinstalled. The full list can be seen over at Android Police.
Sidenote: Although ads show the phones are "exclusive to Verizon", which is the only USA carrier who will sell the phones, the Google Store will sell Pixel phones unlocked for all U.S. carriers.
Verizon's Pixels will come with three pre-installed apps (Verizon Messaging, Go90 and My Verizon) CNET reports.
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Pixel features a 12.3-megapixel camera, featuring an f/2.0 aperture and 1.55 micron pixel.
The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are also probably just the start for Google. The Sprint Nexus S, Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Nexus, T-Mobile Nexus 4, 5, and 6 all had their update process meddled with in at least some capacity, resulting in users getting updates a bit after their unlocked brethren.