Flash Stock Google Pixel ROM on Verizon Model?

JonnyOctagon

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Now that the Verizon version is unlocked, is it possible to install the stock Google firmware onto the Verizon model (and subsequently get regular updates from Google, not Verizon)?
 

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The updates still come from Google, regardless of where you bought the device. In fact, if you had a google store version of the pixel witha verizon sim, you would still get the X build as it has a different radio tuned for VZW.
 
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Flashed the google images after unlocking the bootloader and after a few min the verizon build ended up being an update. So far, there is not way to avoid the verizon build unless you are rooted ...
 

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The only difference between the V and X builds are the radio.
In the bootloader thread there was speculation about how they tie each image for which phone. Some speculated about phones being recognized for their IMEI, SIM,CID, etc etc etc but nothing conclusive. The other day I met a person who got the phone from the google play store and have verizon but his latest build remains NDE63V, not NDE63X. Quiet honestly, I'm skeptical as of which is really the difference.
 

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In the bootloader thread there was speculation about how they tie each image for which phone. Some speculated about phones being recognized for their IMEI, SIM,CID, etc etc etc but nothing conclusive. The other day I met a person who got the phone from the google play store and have verizon but his latest build remains NDE63V, not NDE63X. Quiet honestly, I'm skeptical as of which is really the difference.
That doesn't surprise me, It took a week before I got the update. Its a staged rollout, just like any other OTA is.
 

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The question is mine too, I am going to buy a verizon one that the bootloader can not unlock, now we know uts possible to unlockit, I would like to know if possible to flash google play stock on verizon?

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The question is mine too, I am going to buy a verizon one that the bootloader can not unlock, now we know uts possible to unlockit, I would like to know if possible to flash google play stock on verizon?
If you can unlock it, yes. But if it comes with 7.1.1 or you let it update to 7.1.1 before you unlock it you are done. It will be locked without a way to unlock it.

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The question is mine too, I am going to buy a verizon one that the bootloader can not unlock, now we know uts possible to unlockit, I would like to know if possible to flash google play stock on verizon?

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Verizon phones:
If it has 7.1.0 then you can unlock the bootloader.
If it has 7.1.1 then you cannot unlock the bootloader.

If you cannot unlock the bootloader then you cannot flash older firmware to circumvent the bootloader lock.

If you want to flash ROM's then do not buy a Verizon phone with 7.1.1 already on it.
 

biijan

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Verizon phones:
If it has 7.1.0 then you can unlock the bootloader.
If it has 7.1.1 then you cannot unlock the bootloader.

If you cannot unlock the bootloader then you cannot flash older firmware to circumvent the bootloader lock.

If you want to flash ROM's then do not buy a Verizon phone with 7.1.1 already on it.
That version is 7.1.0, so
Let me know please, If I flash with google play stock, then mine will be like google play pixels? And it will be updates like them? And can unlock bootloader even after updates?
Thanks

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That version is 7.1.0, so
Let me know please, If I flash with google play stock, then mine will be like google play pixels? And it will be updates like them? And can unlock bootloader even after updates?
Thanks

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Unlock your bootloader right away, before you take any 7.1.1 updates.

Then in the future before taking updates, research on XDA first to find out if it causes any problems.
 

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That version is 7.1.0, so
Let me know please, If I flash with google play stock, then mine will be like google play pixels? And it will be updates like them? And can unlock bootloader even after updates?
Thanks
If you update before you unlock you will not be able to unlock. Don't matter where you get it from. VZ and Google's update are the same. The google update our full flash to 7.1.1 will lock you. Probably for good.
 

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So if I unlock my bootloader, in 7.1.0 It'll maintain the bootloader unlock atleast in 7.1.1? It'll still allow OTA updates? On the fence on what I want to do with the Pixel but would rather dePixel8 it while i have the chance.
 

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So if I unlock my bootloader, in 7.1.0 It'll maintain the bootloader unlock atleast in 7.1.1? It'll still allow OTA updates? On the fence on what I want to do with the Pixel but would rather dePixel8 it while i have the chance.
My PixelXL came with NDE63P. I used depixel8 to unlock it. After that, it has taken 7.1-NDE63V, 7.1-NDE63X, and 7.11-NMF26O updates through Verizon without relocking the bootloader. I have messed up the phone several times and easily flashed the factory image to fix up each time. Instructions here in the xda PixelXL Forum are helpful. Custom recovery, kernel, or root will stop OTAs from installing.
Whatever you do, be sure to unlock it before taking updates.
 
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Is it possible to overwrite the Verizon/EE bootloader once it is unlocked? So that the bootloader can be relocked and unlocked at will post updating to 7.1.1?
 

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Bootloader is the same. The unlockable "feature" appears to be IMEI related. Sets a flag, apparently...
Great, thanks for clearing that up. Seems best to stay clear of Verizon/EE models if I want to be able to unlock and lock at will.

---------- Post added at 12:52 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:46 PM ----------

Having said that, having to wipe the user data with each unlock makes it pointless relocking it as I want it mainly for app data backups.
 
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Great, thanks for clearing that up. Seems best to stay clear of Verizon/EE models if I want to be able to unlock and lock at will.

---------- Post added at 12:52 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:46 PM ----------

Having said that, having to wipe the user data with each unlock makes it pointless relocking it as I want it mainly for app data backups.

Don't relock, we have seen lots of people brick phones that way. If you are trying to pass safteynet then flash a kernel that bypasses it.
 
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