Google Pixel, Pixel XL – My Verizon, Verizon Messages and the Preloaded Apps on Carrier-Branded Versions

Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Google Project Fi

Google Pixel and Pixel XL were announced earlier in the week and as at the time of this writing, the two are yet to be available for purchase.

Still, you can go on and pre-order any of the two phones from the Google Store, Verizon Wireless or even Best Buy. The Google Pixel and Pixel Xl has moved away from last year’s idea of not having a carrier-branded version and this time included Verizon Wireless for those in the U.S. while those in the UK can also get an EE-branded variant.

Google has also made sure that the Pixel and Pixel XL join the likes of Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 in supporting Project Fi. The Google Store versions are compatible with most carriers, including the four major names in the U.S. However, looking at the variant that is locked to Verizon Wireless in comparison to past cases in the same capacity, it is safe to argue that the Pixel and Pixel XL on this carrier should come with extra apps as compared to the Google Store variants.

It is happening with Samsung Galaxy and Apple devices and so should be the case with the new set of Google devices. Google has reportedly confirmed that Verizon will take care of all software updates, meaning the usual delays should also be expected. However, there is an interesting detail coming from the official Verizon Wireless website with respect to this matter.

Apparently, there are no Verizon apps that come preloaded on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. However, this doesn’t mean there are no preloaded apps on the two phones. In fact, you will come across a number of apps that are directly associated with Verizon Wireless, among them My Verizon, Verizon Messages, as well as Go90. My Verizon is used to monitor your account while the Verizon Messages enables SMS messaging via desktops, on the other hand, Go90 is a video streaming app. According to the carrier, these three are no Verizon apps, instead, they are termed as Preloaded Play Store Apps. In the list, you also find Google’s Allo and Duo alongside Android Pay, Keep as well as Docs.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

The list of preloaded apps doesn’t end here, though, as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have another set of apps known as Preloaded Google Apps. But this list shouldn’t be strange as it basically contains a number of Google apps, among them the Play Store, Chrome, YouTube, Calendar, Messenger, Gmail, and Photos, among others.

So, what does this package really mean for those who buy a Verizon-branded Google Pixel or Pixel XL phone? In essence, Verizon not listing its own apps as expected and instead branding them as Preloaded Play Store Apps could mean that these apps, like any other Play Store apps, can be removed from the phone. This is good news for anyone considering to get a Verizon-branded Google Pixel phone.

However, keep in mind that the smaller Pixel has a starting price of $649 while the larger Pixel XL demands $769 for the base model. Adding $100 more on each model will earn you the high-end variant.

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