Here’s one less thing we have to worry about other than locking ourselves into a Verizon-backed Google Pixel.
Not only do we get to allay ourselves from checkmarks everywhere on the device, but we also have only three pre-installed apps from the carrier: My Verizon (actually useful), go90 (not terribly so), and Verizon Messages (why?). All three, according to reporting by Business Insider, can be deleted.
That may be two points to Verizon, but two points against getting the Pixel on the network reportedly include a locked bootloader for all you devs out there and an uncertainty about first-in-the-ecosystem Android updates getting to these phones at the same rate that unlocked phones will get them. That could go for all carrier variants of the Pixel, but the spotlight shines brightest at center stage.
Verizon could also use an update-independent app-loader to plop in extra apps along the way. Maybe.
Android Police reports that, in total, eight apps are pre-loaded into the standard app load. The other five are actually from Google: Allo, Duo, Android Pay, Docs and Keep.