Google’s VP of Product Management, Brian Rakowski, yesterday announced Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, the firm’s first hardware and software smartphones made in-house, putting an end to the Nexus brand which was launched in 2010 in partnership with a number of OEMs.
The phones have a 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 on the front display and back glass to accent the aerospace grade aluminum body. Pixel’s glass on the back features Pixel Imprint, a fingerprint sensor for users to swipe to access their notifications. The firm says Pixel’s batteryt lasts all day and charges fast — up to seven hours in 15 minutes.
Pixel also comes with the Google Assistant built in for easy voice search or commands whenever a user needs them. The firm adds that the Pixel camera is has a DxOMark Mobile score of 89- the highest in the market and comes with cutting-edge computational photography and is ultra-fast and easy-to-use camera.
Pixel has a 12.3MP camera, featuring an f/2.0 aperture and big 1.55 micron pixels to capture lots and lots of light and lets users take stunning photos in low light, bright light or any light.
“We’ve now decided to take the next step and provide our take on the best Google experience, by bringing hardware and software design together under one roof,” said Rakowski. We carefully sculpted the surfaces of the phone, and rounded the edges to make it easy to grip. And as a special bonus for Pixel owners, we’re including free unlimited storage for original quality photos and videos at full resolution in Google Photos.
Pixel ships with the newest Android operating system, Android 7.1 Nougat and will get automatic software and security updates directly from Google. The Pixel also comes with Google Duo and Allo pre-installed so you can video call and text with all your friends, whether they’re on Android or iOS.