Google unveiled the all new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, both of which are ‘Made by Google’ but sadly ending the great Nexus Line up. The Google Pixel series have everything and you won’t be missing your previous Gen Nexus phone for Sure.
Unlike the ‘Nexus’ smartphones that offered top-of-the-line hardware at affordable prices, with ‘Pixel’ smartphones, Google wants to establish itself as the premium smartphone manufacturer.
Although Google Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android’s latest update Nougat, here are some features that will be exclusive to the two smartphones.
Built-in Google Assistant is one of the biggest features of the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. With the new and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) based Google Assistant, Google aims to take on Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. It is more capable from Google Now voice assistant, which is a part of most Android smartphones running on 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. Besides being contextually aware of what’s happening on your smartphone, you can interact with Google Assistant, like you do with humans. You can ask for questions like weather, distance from one place to the other, or route from source to destination, and more.
To invoke the Google Assistant, you need to long-press on the home button. The Assistant is expected to come later on other smartphones but Google has shared no such plans.
Google, with its Nexus-smartphones, have always believed in offering no-frills Pure Android experience. While manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung and LG among others put fancy over-the-top customization, Google had always believed in keeping things sweet and simple. The same continues with the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones too. You get a brand new home screen design with what Google calls Pixel Launcher.
The top left has Google’s G logo, tapping on which opens up the search bar, whereas the right has weather details. App shortcuts on the home screen now feature round icons. The app drawer from the bottom dock is now gone, and swiping up from the bottom brings up the list of installed games and apps. Also, swiping from the left to right on the home screen brings up Google Now screen with all the information and cards of your preference.
24/7 customer support
Finally, a dedicated customer support app will come with Pixel phones. The app will be able to register both voice and text messages. It also comes with a screen sharing solution so that the tech-support can directly see what’s on your screen to diagnose problems. With that, there is no need to Visit Service centre and stand in cue after all you can get helping aid anywhere and anytime.
Unlimited photos and videos backup
The new high-resolution cameras can capture crisp photos and 4K videos. But when you want quality, they also hog a lot of storage space. With Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, users also get unlimited free Google Photos backup option, allowing them to store all their 4K videos and photos on cloud.
A smart storage option
This is something that Nextbit’s Robin brought to the market. While you get 32GB or 128GB of onboard storage on the Pixel and Pixel XL, there’s no microSD card slot for further expansion but with 32GB Storage may not be just enough. Google knows this, and it has added a new feature called ‘Smart Storage.’ Essentially, it will look for photos and videos that are present on the smartphone and cloud (Google Photos), and delete the local ones to create more space and it has the ability to free up storage space by analysing files that the user is not using and transferring them to the cloud over the internet
Easy update process
With Pixel and Pixel XL, Google has changed the way updates are installed. The new phones will install the update in the background, and the next time you reboot, it be updated to the newest software version. Also, you will no longer have to waste your time, look at the progress bar to complete the installation.
Other feature includes – The Pixel sports a 5-inch full HD display and comes armed with a 2,770mAh battery, whereas the Pixel XL flaunts a 5.5-inch QHD display and armed with a slightly larger 3,450mAh battery. At the heart of both smartphones runs Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor paired with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. You can choose between 32GB and 128GB onboard storage options. With a 12.3-megapixel rear camera (Sony IMX 378 sensor) of aperture f/2.0, PDAF, laser auto-focus, and dual LED flash, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera is also present on both smartphones.
The Pricing is bit high though, the Pixel will set you back by ($649) Rs 57,000 [India Price]for 32GB variant and Rs 66,000 for the 128GB variant, whereas the Pixel XL costs ($749) Rs 67,000 [India Price] for the 32GB variant and Rs 76,000 for the 128GB storage variant.