Meet Google's first homegrown smartphones: Pixel and Pixel XL
According to whistleout, Google has been making software for smartphones for almost a decade now. It's also worked with partners including Samsung, LG, and Huawei to make Nexus devices running unmodified versions of Android. But today, Google has unveiled the first two smartphones it can truly call its own: the Pixel and the Pixel XL.
Both phones run the latest version of Android - Nougat - customized with what Google calls the Pixel Launcher. Rather than taping an app drawer icon, users now swipe up to access their apps. Google is preloading the phones with its new Allo and Duo chat apps, and a 24/7 live customer care app that gives users the ability to share their screen with a Google support professional.
Google's software smarts have also gone into improving the camera. A feature called Smartburst will rapidly capture a series of photos, and then automatically pick out the sharpest one. Google also claims that the Pixel phones excel in dark and tricky lightning, and that they have the fastest capture time of any smartphone of the market.
Locally, the Pixel phones will be priced as follows:
- 32GB Pixel: $649
- 128GB Pixel: $749
- 32GB Pixel XL: $769
- 128GB Pixel XL: 869
They'll be available in a choice of "Quite Black", "Very Silver", or "Really Blue".
The phones will be available outright directly through Google or on a contract through Verizon. Really Blue is available exclusively through Verizon, and only ships in a 32GB configuration. Preorders start today ahead of an October 20 release date.
Both Pixel and Pixel XL will be compatible with Google's Daydream View virtual reality headset. The headset and controller bundle will be sold separately for $79.