If you didnt hear the alarm bells ringing back when Google announced that it will be partnering exclusively with Verizon in the US for Pixel, they should be hitting you in the face now.
After we learned that the Verizon Pixel phones will come with a locked bootloader, and that the Verizon Pixel phones will come with bloatware, we now have the third and hopefully the final piece in this rather terrible puzzle that should hopefully steer people clear off getting these phones from Verizon. Google has revealed that the main system updates for the Verizon Pixel devices will be handled by Verizon, that is, Google will provide the updates but Verizon will be in-charge of pushing the updates to the devices as and when it sees fit. Google will only be pushing the security updates directly to these phones. This is a far cry from the unlocked Pixel phones that are promised to receive the updates directly from Google.
This is not the first time Google is partnering with Verizon. The last time was for the Galaxy Nexus, which truly didnt end well as the phone never got any updates on time despite being a Nexus device. Hopefully, that will not be the case with the Pixel phones, but do you really want to take that risk, especially with Verizons track record?