Oops: Google has re-sent the Verizon model of Android 12 to non-Verizon pixels

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Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority


  • Some Pixel owners around the world receive a notification to reinstall Android 12.
  • The update is the Verizon version of the operating system – although the phones it receives are not Verizon models.
  • We encourage users to skip this update until Google explains the situation.

In October, supported Pixel devices received the new upgrade to Android 12. Earlier this month, those same Pixels received an update to the November security patch. This is all normal and expected.

Today, however, some Pixel owners are seeing a new update asking them to upgrade to Android 12 – again. We’re seeing reports from multiple places including Reddit and this Google support thread. Interestingly, the update notification seems to be largely identical to the update they saw back in October when they jumped from Android 11 to Android 12.

See also: All previously released Google Pixel phones

While Google hasn’t made a statement yet, all evidence suggests the company mistakenly moved the Verizon-exclusive Android 12 upgrade to non-Verizon Pixels. We reached out to the company for clarification on this but received no response prior to posting.

In theory, the big differences between a Verizon version of Android and a non-Verizon version would be related to radio tapes. For example, Verizon uses mmWave for its 5G connections, while most 5G networks around the world use Sub6. Verizon is also a CDMA based network while most of the others are GSM. With that in mind, there’s probably nothing wrong with installing this update, but it probably wouldn’t do you any good either.

Until Google makes a formal statement on this, We would advise people not to download this update. If you’ve already done this, you probably won’t have too many problems. However, this could negatively affect your ability to make a clean switch to the next updates that are on the way.

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