Verizon to lock bootloader, handle system updates for its Pixel models | Android and Me. The Pixel is overpriced, although it does have a great camera (some say the best ever), and is thin and beautiful. But, the XL version is still a smaller screen than previous phones, and it remains to be seen whether AI will vastly improve the voice capabilities. However, if you absolutely have to buy one (you know who you are), buy it directly from Google and not from Verizon. Verizon will be controlling the upgrades, and their history says they will be about a year late. Google phones are updated monthly, and you will always have the latest OS. In addition, Verizon will be locking the bootloader, which won't mean much to ordinary users; but, if you like unlocked, rooted phones, don't get it from Verizon. Why Google allowed Verizon to have an exclusive is a mystery. But, this does not bode well for long term success.