Google recently announced its new Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphone, due for release on October 20th.
The Made By Google page lists many interesting features of this unique phone, such as:
- Google assistant, where you can navigate your way through tasks, music, videos, questions, photos, and more.
- A camera with the highest-rated 89 DxOMark Mobile score.
- Unlimited phone and video storage.
- Google Duo, an interface for video calling.
- 7 hours of battery life from 15 minutes of charging.
- A free Daydream View VR headset when you pre-order.
- A model made of glass and aluminum.
- Pixel Imprint: a fingerprint interface for unlocking your phone.
- Two sizes(5” and 5’5”) and three colors(black, silver, and blue).
However, a BGR article points out a big issue:
Pixel and Pixel XL are linked exclusively to Verizon, meaning that customers of other carriers must buy directly from Google or switch providers. In addition to this limitation, Verizon will manage software updates and pre-install unwanted and excessive software, otherwise known as bloatware.
An Android Police article also discusses some cons:
Through the new Pixel smartphone, Google seems to be leaving behind the Nexus platform. Nexus has many supporters that may feel cheated in Google’s decision. However, there is no firm proof that Google is no longer going to improve and expand Nexus. Another discussion topic is that the Pixel and Pixel XL are fairly expensive: ranging from $649 to $869 in the U.S. alone.
The new Google smartphone is coming.
Whether you view it as overpriced and too selective or sensible and cutting-edge, the Pixel phone is coming out on October 20th. It will begin another phase of smartphone technology and debate. Get ready to rush to the stores, or to share your reasons for resisting the urge to buy the newest product in Smartphone technology.