Tag Archive: Pixel


Google Pixel by HTC: Will the real manufacturer of Google’s phones share in the glory?

HTC’s biggest-selling phones of 2016 might not even bear its logo.

With less than a week to go before launch, Android fans are eagerly expecting Google’s Pixel phones. But just a couple of months back, the idea of a fully Google-branded phone hadn’t yet dawned, and instead the rumor mill swirled around two new HTC Nexuses. (Marlin and Sailfish, if you want to get really nerdy.)

The difference is an important one. As we’ve already explored,  [Read More…]

Pixel phones and the Nexus line: How we got to ‘Made by Google’

Should the Pixel phones resemble the Nexus line in some way?

When the Pixel phones debut next week — a 5-inch Pixel and a 5.5-inch Pixel XL, if rumors are to be believed — they are going to be compared, whether Google likes it or not, to the Nexus phones that came before.

Google may be attempting a clean break from that legacy of annual Nexus refreshes, but there’s only so much in a name: To  [Read More…]

Pixel hype: Can the first real ‘Google phone’ make a splash outside the Android bubble?

The big message the company needs to convey on October 4 is why normal people should care about a phone ‘made by Google.’

Do you have an Android phone?

No, I have a Galaxy.

Just about every one of us at Android Central have had some variation on that conversation over the past few years. It underscores the difference in how normal people — those who don’t live and breathe smartphone industry nonsense every day — view phones. For  [Read More…]

Pixel + Pixel XL versus Nexus 5X + 6P: Google’s new phones compared, to scale

Big Pixel and baby Pixel side-by-side, in context.

As reported yesterday, we know have the first official-looking renders of Google’s new Pixel phones, thanks to leaker Evan Blass. No surprise: Both the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL look basically identical. In fact, the change in wallpaper is more noticeable than the difference in size, when viewed individually.

However, with a bit of simple math, it’s easy to put these two alongside each other in context, since we know  [Read More…]

Google Pixel: Welcome to your new, very circular home screen

Might Google’s new phones consign us to a world of circular icons? And what would that mean for other Android phone makers?

The first leaked Google Pixel phone render doesn’t show us a whole lot. It’s a rounded rectangle with a screen on the front, an earpiece, cameras, sensors and buttons. By far the most interesting thing about the leaked image is what’s on that screen.

Every icon is a circle. Even apps  [Read More…]

This is our clearest look at the Google Pixel yet

Over the past few weeks, we have heard inevitable rumors and whispers about 2016’s Nexus phone lineup. They all point towards the fact that we should expect the range to be called “Pixel” instead of the age-old “Nexus”, along with a new design for the flagship phone. As it turns out, today we have our clearest

Google’s Pixel smartphone surfaces in leaked render, shows off new navigation buttons

Leaked render of the Pixel shows off new software tweaks.

We’re one week away from the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL. The handsets have leaked in live photos last week, and this time around we’re being treated to an alleged press render of the Pixel. The leak comes from Evan Blass, and showcases the new home screen with the Pixel Launcher, circular icons, and redesigned navigation buttons. The phones will be built by HTC, but Google’s branding  [Read More…]

Hiroshi Lockheimer is on the Pixel hype train

OK, we get it. As the SVP of Android, Chrome and Google Play Lockheimer should be amped about the things to come. We’d go as far as saying that’s his job. So what makes this particular time a company executive praising his products worth talking about?

We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.

— Hiroshi  [Read More…]

Google Pixel and Pixel XL: What to expect from the Nexus successors

Brace yourself: Pixels are coming.

For the past seven years, Google partnered with some of the leading Android phone makers to sell co-branded handsets under the “Nexus” name. This year, the company is set to unveil two new handsets under a brand that’s new to phones, but well known to Google followers: Pixel.

On October 4, Google will hold an event in San Francisco where it’ll unveil two new phones “made by Google.” We’ll reportedly get the Pixel  [Read More…]

Morning brief: Allo, tout le monde, let’s talk about the price of a Pixel

Allo launches around the world, Samsung sets out a timeframe for Note 7 sales in Europe, and Xiaomi has a fancy new camera.

As we count down to the weekend, let’s mull over the next major phone launch we’re all looking forward to: Google’s Pixel handsets. There’ve been rumblings of a $ 649 starting price for the smaller of the two HTC-built phones (the 5-inch “Sailfish” model), which seems to suggest both will compete in the  [Read More…]