The best Android phone is now Google’s Pixel

Chris Burns - Oct 5, 2016, 10:23am CDT
The best Android phone is now Google’s Pixel

Google made clear this week that they’re ready to center their attention on one smartphone: the Pixel. Android will continue to be updated, they’ll continue to have teams dedicated to working with 3rd-party manufacturers of Android devices, but here comes the big break. It’s time. Google may not have made a formal declaration of their intentions to take the throne, but they’re most certainly gunning for it. The Google Pixel phone is about to be the device that’s all the best in Google’s services and hardware, all at once.

It does not matter that devices with higher resolution displays exist.
SEE ALSO: How to present a Pixel (to beat iPhone 7) It does not matter that there are devices that have higher ratings in waterproofing and dust-proofing, and that Google’s hardware reach isn’t quite as massive as either Apple or Samsung’s.

Google’s message this week was that the Pixel phone (phones, if you count the XL as a separate entity), will have the update readiness of the Nexus smartphone line and the brand strength of an iPhone.

With the deal Google has with Verizon to carry the device at the same time as Google offers the device online unlocked for other carriers, the circle is now complete.

The brand name could be a bit stronger. Pixel doesn’t feel like an obvious name for a phone right out the gate – but then again, neither did “Galaxy” when Samsung started selling their smartphones with Android. Now Samsung sells the most Android phones in the world – far and away the most – while they do battle with Apple’s iPhone for unit sales worldwide.

And Google’s Nexus smartphones, while they’ve been directed by Google to be the quintessential Android experience for the past several years, haven’t sold in massive quantities.

But why?

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Branding, presentation, and dedication by Google for Pixel.

Not the kind of dedication that just comes with prompt software updates. The kind of dedication that comes in that triad of support from Google.

If Google does this right, 3rd-party manufacturers should be scared. Not that they’d need to, as Google’s plenty large enough to give support to other manufacturers at the same time as they put massive effort into Pixel.

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If Google really, truly gets behind Pixel, the way a traditional company like Apple gets behind iPhone, it would be only natural that 3rd-party Android-using smartphone makers would get nervous.

But Google is not a traditional company.

Google has an opportunity to make Pixel something really great.

At this moment in time, Google can fulfill the Android promise.

It’s time!


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9 Responses to The best Android phone is now Google’s Pixel

  1. Is this for real? It charges 200+ more dollars for basically nothing but a support feature in the settings. Who cares? Still no longevity in updates that compares to the iphone. Still doesn’t have all the flagship specs (but hey! there’s a flagship price).

  2. I agree with the other posters, this phone would be killer at $429, but at its current cost it makes no sense. Its 6 months late to the Snapdragon 820 party, and 200$ too much to compete with the Chinese and bargain flagships. I cant imagine anyone picking this over an S7 Edge which can be picked up for the same price or cheaper brand new unlocked.

  3. I’m an Android loyalist and am shocked by the *exclusion of key features in a “flagship” device. Zero water resistance of any kind not even a relatively simple nano coating? I’m out.

  4. Yeah right… Best only in this article. Let’s wait for the real reviews. Let’s wait to see audio quality on pixels… Do they have stereo speakers of htc lvl quality, separate DAC and amp. Or we will find that google didn’t request htc to implement their sound enchantments which can only mean google intentionaly undercut their expenses on making pixels. And will the audio be the only department that these phones are lacking seriously.

  5. Google is really messing up here after pretty much inventing the “flagship killer” with all of the Nexus phones. The Nexus line and cheaper near-flagship phones, are the reason Android really started to eat into the iPhone market share. Many people don’t want to spend around $800 for a new phone and I never will again after getting the Nexus 6P. I guess people searching for cheaper, near-flagship phones will be limited to brands like Huawei and OnePlus. I can see these companies getting major boosts due to Google pricing the Pixel phones too high for a lot of their customer base and cutting the Nexus line.

  6. What’s with the huge space at the bottom? Is this where they use a standard old HTC part and scrubbed off the logo? (HTC for some reason always had extra space there for their logo prior to the 10).

    Not the best Android phone, because of stupid pricing, lack of colour choices and ridiculous limited edition version.

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