Verizon Google Pixel and Pixel XL finally receive Android 8.0 Oreo

Verizon rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo to its Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones.

Verizon Wireless has officially rolled out the Android 8.0 Oreo to its Google Pixel and Google Pixel Xl smartphones starting Tuesday. As promised, one of the biggest mobile carriers in the US is keeping its promise.

Google Pixel and Google Pixel devices under Verizon have just started to get the official Android 8.0 Oreo update. This is the first time that a major update has been rolled out to the devices since Google released them in 2016.

Also read: List of Samsung Galaxy models getting Android 8.0 Oreo

Alongside Android Oreo is the security patch for the month of August which is labeled as OPR6.170623.012. Verizon has promised that Android 8.0 Oreo "improves your mobile experience with several new features and enhancements".

Google's handsets are always in the frontline when it comes to major software updates. For devices under mobile carriers, it would be up to the networks when to release the update since it will have to deliver some modifications and additions in the update to accommodate its users' needs.

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With Android 8.0 Oreo, Google aims to veer away from visualisation improvements and rooting and give heavy emphasis on new features and enhancements.

System-wide themes may now be available without rooting the device. The Picture in Picture mode for smartphones allows stacking of several apps on top of one another, a great feature for multitasking.