Google officially confirms that Pixel and Pixel XL will be sold by Verizon in US

Google officially confirms that Pixel and Pixel XL will be sold by Verizon in US

After having officially unveiled its much-anticipated new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at an October 4 product launch event, Google has now confirmed that the handsets will be sold by bigwig wireless carrier Verizon in the US.

The conformation that the forthcoming Pixel and Pixel XL handsets will be available for purchase from Verizon has come via a statement released by Google to 9to5Google. In the statement, Google said that the company itself will roll out the monthly security updates for all models of the two handsets; and also added alongside that "system updates will be managed by Verizon for Verizon models, and Google for unlocked models bought from Google Store."

Meanwhile, Google and Verizon are, somewhat oddly, advertising the Pixel and Pixel XL handsets in US as 'Verizon Exclusive' devices, even though the handsets will also be available from another cell carrier, Google's 'Project Fi' MVNO.

In addition, the unlocked versions of both Pixel and Pixel XL handsets will also be available from the Google Store, Verizon, Target, and Wal-Mart.

The cost of the 5-inch Google Pixel handset will begin at $649 for an unlocked 32GB model; whereas the cost of an unlocked entry-level 5.5-inch Pixel XL will begin at $769.


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