Google Pixel: Google Store Variants Support Verizon HD Voice And Wi-Fi Calling

13 October 2016, 2:42 pm EDT By Sumit Passary Tech Times
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Google Pixel purchased from the Google Store will support Verizon's HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling. Currently, only 14 mobile phones support Wi-Fi Calling on Verizon Wireless.  ( Google )

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones purchased from the Google Store will support Verizon's HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling functionality.

Google launched its latest Pixel and Pixel XL mobile phones in early October and these handsets integrate top hardware and software features. In the United States, the Pixel phones will be available via Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and via the Google Store. Although all top carriers will be offering the latest Google device, Verizon customers will have an edge.

Reports suggest that Pixel and the Pixel XL smartphones on Verizon will support HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling.

"Both Verizon and Google have confirmed to Android Police that all Pixel phones will work with Wi-Fi Calling and HD Voice on Verizon," reports Android Police.

Wi-Fi Calling allows users to make and receive voice calls over a Wi-Fi network in the absence of cellular services. Customers need a compatible device to use the function and Verizon does not charge an additional fee for the feature.

Calls identified as Wi-Fi Calling show the user's phone number. All calls to the United States are free even while traveling internationally. Wi-Fi Calling is very beneficial as customers can be in contact with others where a Wi-Fi network is available.

HD Voice is also advantageous as it provides a clear and crisp sound for customers making and receiving telephone calls.

"When HD Voice is enabled, your phone will have access to the latest Advanced Calling features, which are made possible by Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology from Verizon," says Verizon. "You can enjoy calls that sound like you're having a conversation with someone in the same room instead of across the country."

Verizon currently has 14 handsets that support Wi-Fi Calling including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, HTC 10, Motorola Droid Turbo 2 and more. The addition of the Pixel and the Pixel XL to Verizon's Wi-Fi Calling compatibility list will please many Verizon customers.

Reports suggest that Verizon will lock down the bootloader of Pixel smartphones sold via the company. Locking the bootloader means that customers will not be able to root the device or flash customer software on the phone.

Customers who want to flash customer software or root their Pixel or Pixel XL may want to purchase their device from the Google Store instead of Verizon's retail stores.

The preorder period for the Pixel and the Pixel XL on the Google Store has already begun and the handsets are expected to be available starting Oct. 20.

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