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The Journey of Pixel Phones (Infographic)

The world was first introduced to smartphones by IBM in 1992 with the world’s first-ever smartphone, Simon Personal Communicator. With Apple and other big brands fighting to create the best smartphone, Google gave the world a better species of smartphones.

Starting with its first steps towards the correct direction with the HTC G1 (Dream), whose specifications today are lower than substandard smartphones in the market. However, when released back in October 2008, this smartphone was one of the premium phones in the market and was shipped with the now popular OS, Android. Making things easy for everyone, Google’s journey did not stop at simply devising methods to upscale their Android devices; Google began with the development of the Nexus series after this smartphone.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Image credit: Maurizio Pesce via Flickr, CC BY 2.0Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Image credit: Maurizio Pesce via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Image credit: Maurizio Pesce via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

The Nexus Era began in the early 2010s, and was one of the premium flagships in those days, good enough to compete with Apple devices. However, the phones were far from perfect. First Nexus smartphone was developed in partnership with HTC and was called as Nexus One (Passion). This phone was the first step towards the Nexus Generation of smartphones.

From the first Nexus smartphone onwards, Google defined the Nexus Generation as it envisioned it. The unique feature of these smartphones did not come from the precisely built hardware and premium features of its time, but from the fact that these smartphones showcased the Android platform as Google envisioned its OS to be.

Nexus phones were built by Google under partnerships with various companies, such as HTC, Samsung, LG, and Motorola. Google’s idea of smartphones has never been about features, top-tier hardware but about showing the world what a perfect phone should be like. Making strides in the smartphone industry, Google introduced phones without microSD cards, which is now a general trend in high-end and flagship phones. Furthermore, Google did away with the removable batteries, which again became a trend that other high-end companies followed and introduced wireless charging in phones for the first time with Nexus 5 in 2013.

However, in 2016, Google decided to ditch Nexus brand name and gave birth to an even better range of smartphones. On October 4th, 2016, Google released two new smartphones which came with the Pixel branding. Moving away from the previous Nexus generation, Pixel smartphones have been handled by Google itself.

The Pixel generation is a truly amazing series of flagship smartphones, and Google wants to sell it to the masses. At present, there are two series for the Google Pixel smartphones namely, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL; Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2XL. In a recent event, Google announced the release date and some specifications of the newest variants, Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL, of the Pixel family.

The newest addition to the Pixel family will come out on 18th October 2018 and will house some of the best premium features Google Pixel has ever seen. Google Pixel 3’s screen dimensions would stand at 5.5-inch (OLED), and the screen dimensions for Google Pixel 3 XL would stand at 6.3-inch (OLED).

It would be fun to see what the newest breed of smartphones from Google brings to us.


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