Google has finally launched the Pixel smartphones which are the Pixel and Pixel XL. Google just refers to them both as ‘Pixel’ and none of them is cheaper than the other. These are aluminum unibody devices, available in three different colors, and the pricing is much more ‘premium’ than the Nexus devices were. So the game plan this time around is go big or go home, i believe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to say that.
Before now, Google has been in collaboration with phone manufacturers since 2010 and they’ve been dishing out great phones and i’m sure you will agree. However, this time around, they’ve decided to go into partnership with HTC, the Taiwan-based electronics maker who are have a fantastic brand-name in the android market even though it seems they apparently still trail the Samsung brand. The Pixel and Pixel XL may be produced by HTC, but they’re unquestionably ‘Google phones’ — they’re the first handsets in history to carry the company’s new ‘made by Google brand’. For a first attempt, it’s no doubt that it’s very impressive. If you are the type that prefers a small high-end phone, this is definitely it and if you’re more of a phablet person, you are still on course. Google’s new phones aren’t just pretty faces, though: they’re powerhouses. The Pixel XL packs a 5.5-inch, Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) AMOLED screen with an impressive density of 534 pixels-per-inch. The Pixel packs a smaller and lower-resolution AMOLED screen at 5 inches and Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), respectively, but squeezes it into a slightly more compact package. Lest i forget, the phones charge fast.
The confirmed release date where the phones will be available on the market is 20th October even though they can be preordered from now of course.
In the words of Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of hardware, He said the Pixels share a pair of cameras that promise impressive captures in both daytime and dim surroundings and called them the “best smartphone camera anyone has ever made.” The rear-facing sensor’s a 12.3-megapixel model with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55um sensor size, and optical image stabilization, and the front-facing shooter’s an 8-megapixel specimen. The camera incorporates a lot more computational photography than most, such as a burst-shooting best-shot chooser (Smart Burst); HDR+
The Pixels also include a Google Photos benefit: free “unlimited” storage for full-resolution photos. And they pack an app that provides 24/7 live customer care. If you encounter an issue, you can reach a support agent via chat and even share your screen to let the agent see what you’re seeing. The Pixels also ship with Allo and Duo, Google’s latest text and video messaging apps pre-installed, so you can video call and text with all your friends, whether they’re on Android or iOS. Now doesn’t that sound better 😀
As regards the software aspect, the phones ships with the newest Android operating system- the Android 7.1 Nougat which packs other changes, too. Android’s familiar navigation icons are now white and distinctly geometric: the middle home button has an extra ring around it. Notifications now wrap to the edges of the screen and sport Direct Reply, a feature that allows you to respond to incoming messages from Facebook, Hangouts, Whatsapp, and more straight from the tray. And a new split-screen mode lets you use two apps at once.. With this, phones will get software and security updates as soon as they’re available, directly from Google. They’ve also made the update process easier. When a new update is available, it can download and install in the background — no more waiting around for your phone to update. (I certainly do hope one can turn this off).
Now enough of the stories, let’s give you the specs i know you so much want and will like to review…..
Both phones, differentiated more by size than hardware, bear the hallmarks of high-end smartphone design: they’re dominated by polished aluminum, Gorilla Glass 4, and an almost incidental amount of plastic to accommodate wireless radios. The Pixel and Pixel XL’s edges slope gracefully, as do its wedged sides — a design language that not-so-subtly evokes Apple’s iPhone. And they’re pleasingly minimalist. On the front, selfie cameras and earpieces; on the right side is a power button and volume rocker; and on the rear is a dedicated shooter, LED flash, and circular fingerprint sensor.
Beneath those displays is one of the fastest mobile processors around. The Pixels have the distinction of packing Qualcomm’s brand-new, top-of-the-line quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, a chip 10 percent more power efficient than the predeceasing Snapdragon 820. The variant in the Pixels is clocked at a 2.15GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM — more than enough to crunch webpages, benchmarks, docs, and games with ease, Google was quoted to have said.
Powering all those features are impressively large batteries. The Pixels sport Lithium-ion power packs of capacities that promise hours, if not days, on a charge: the Pixel XL packs a 3,450mAh battery, while the Pixel sports a 2,770mAh pack. Better yet, both support quick charging, which Google said can deliver up to 70 percent in after 15 minutes on a charger.
Familiar accouterments abound on both Pixels. Both feature USB Type-C connectors, Bluetooth, NFC, and 3.5mm headphone jacks. And they come with what Google calls a Quick Switch adapter: a plugin that automatically transfers your contacts, photos, videos, music, texts, calendar events, and messages from an iPhone to a Pixel. If you are wondering about the price, well they are on sale from $650, or £599
The Android Nougat may be destined for smartphones old and new, but the Pixels retain a few exclusive features. First is the Pixel Launcher, a proprietary Google-made home screen. Most notably, it features a “G” tab for quick access to the Google Assistant (A very interesting addition and superb function), Google’s AI-powered intelligent assistant. The Assistant is activated by pressing and holding Android’s home button or say “OK, Google,” and works much as it does in Google’s messaging app, Allo. You can ask it to show pictures you took last October, for example, or surface event listings for a nearby concert venue. And it integrates with third-party apps and services: the Assistant can play music from YouTube and Google Play Music, text friends via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, and more, and place reservations at a restaurant with OpenTable.
Beyond the Google Assistant, the Pixel Launcher sports a pull-up dock provides quick access to apps, plus a search bar for quickly parsing through software previously installed.
With all these mentioned and carefully taken into consideration, I am sure you totally know you should get the Google Pixel!