The recently-released Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones have a software update to greet them immediately they are unboxed and powered on, Verizon Wireless can confirm.
The American carrier is the only local network provider that has secured the rights to sell the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. While carriers are known to be stumbling blocks when it comes to timely software updates from Google, Verizon has been adamant that all Pixel and Pixel XL software updates will come at the same time as those for unlocked Google Store variants.
To justify its claim, the carrier has already unveiled a new, but small software update for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. In a changelog published on its official site, Verizon says that the two phones will be optimized in terms of performance while at the same time known issues taken care of, more specifically, Wi-Fi connectivity problems. In addition, the update will install the latest security patch, which is from the month of October.
The new update carries build number NDE63P and it shouldn’t be huge given the little it brings to the Pixel and Pixel XL. Buyers of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL from Verizon Wireless will be prompted to download and install the small update once their phones are ready for use. The update doesn’t change anything with respect to the OS, which is Android 7.1 Nougat. This OS also carries specials such as the Google Assistant, Google Duo, App Shortcuts, Google Camera v4.2 and the Pixel Launcher, among others.
In terms of specs, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL share a lot in terms of hardware. However, the former has a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen as compared to the 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED panel used on the latter. The specs under the hood are the same – a Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM and 32GB/128GB storage options with no microSD card. You also get the same 12.3MP/8MP snappers on the handsets alongside a fingerprint scanner.