The Evolution of Google Pixel Phones

The Evolution of Google Pixel Phones

The latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have impressed the world because of its design and specs. While brands like Apple continuously change the game, it’s incredible to think that Google has only been developing its innovative smartphone for only three years. Below is the brief evolution of the newcomer that has become one of the best smartphones in the market.

Before there was Pixel, Google launched Nexus in 2010. This was the beginning of the journey that paved the way for what was to come for the brand. With its new line of smartphones, Google didn’t aim to innovate hardware even though they were equipping their models with high-level specifications. The company continued to produce top-tier products with excellent designs and features.

Google Nexus

In spite of this, Nexus was not something Google worked on for long. The market for smartphones was limited and was not sold to carriers. So in 2016, the brand discarded the project and moved on with a new idea. This is where the Pixel phones started.

Google aimed to promote and sell this new series of premium smartphones to the masses. From here, the company produced the Pixel.

Google Pixel

Google Pixel

In October 2016, Google announced its first two smartphones for the masses, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Both of these phones offered a revolutionary designed compared to previous Nexus units. Though the two phones look identical, both are different in size.

When these two flagships were first released, their designs made an impact on the style of smartphones. The Pixel and Pixel XL were mainly covered by metal, which also included glass plates applied to them. The 12.3-megapixel camera on the back of both phones was one of the best during these days and more than enough to capture stunning shots outdoors. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL included an eight-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor powers the Google Pixel and Pixel XL and feature 4GB of RAM. Though both of their storage capacities can’t be expanded, the two offer massive internal memory that can be as large as 128GB.

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2

It was in October 2017 when Google launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the second-generation flagships of their smartphone line. Unlike their predecessors, these two devices do not appear similar. The main difference between the two is that the Pixel 2 has thicker bezels compared to the Pixel 2 XL.

Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have glass plates, much like their predecessors, with its back being mostly made up of metal. They include stereo speakers and OLED displays, with the Pixel 2 being suited with an AMOLED display while the XL having a P-OLED panel. The Pixel 2 consists of a five-inch full HD display while the Pixel 2 XL has a QHD+ display.

Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 834 64-bit octa-core processor. Lastly, the Android 8.0 Oreo is shipped out of the box on both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel 3

In October 2018, the Pixel 3 was launched together with the Pixel 3 XL, making them the third-generation flagships of the Pixel line. The brand has made the two phones distinct enough like the previous Pixel 2 line but maintained the black backsides and similar bezels to keep it reminiscent of the older Pixel phones.

The Pixel 3 smartphone features a 5.5-inch full HD plus P-OLED panel while the Pixel XL sports a 6.30inch QHD+ P-OLED display. The Pixel 3 XL is also significantly bigger compared to the Pixel 3. Both devices are equipped with front-facing stereo speakers and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor.

These two smartphones feature 4GB of RAM, along with 63GB or 128GB of storage. Each one also comes with a 12.2-megapixel camera on their back and two 8-megapixel units on their front. Along with these, the two phones carry an Android 9 Pie. Lastly, both gadgets are IP68-certified dust and water-resistant.

A lot has changed from Google’s line of smartphones over the years. Size alone also shows how the design of these smartphones has progressed. The display of the Pixel phones, for example, is much larger than the original Nexus. The predecessor also only had one camera while the latest models have three. Also, the newest Snapdragon processor would easily trump the Nexus One in terms of performance.

The specifications and design of the Google Pixel have evolved over the years. With the recent release of the Pixel 3a XL which continues to become a popular phone in the market, only time will tell what other improvements and innovations the Pixel line has to offer and whether or not it would become one of the best phones of the current generation.

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