According to an Ars Technica report, bigwig US wireless carrier Verizon has promised to roll out timely Android updates to carrier unlocked Google Pixel smartphones on its service.
The report is based on a statement released by Verizon in an attempt to eliminate potential concerns that the carrier may slow down future Android updates on Google's latest handsets -- Pixel and Pixel XL.
The statement released by Verizon to Ars Technica comes against the backdrop of a last-week disclosure by Google that though software and security updates for Pixel and Pixel XL handsets will be handled by Google itself, Verizon would have to certify the updates for both the models of Pixel handsets sold by the carrier, before the updates can be rolled out to customers.
The disclosure by Google gave rise to apprehensions that Pixel and Pixel XL handsets sold by Verizon might not get new Android features as soon as they become available for the Pixels sold directly by Google.
To eliminate the concerns about updates for Verizon-sold Pixels, Verizon said in its statement that "when Google releases an update, Verizon phones will receive the same update at the same time;" and added: "Verizon will not stand in the way of any major updates and users will get all updates at the same time as Google."