Google's New 'Pixel' Smartphone Has Some Features You Will Love

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The giant is very hopeful with its Google Pixel that it could convince Apple users to switch.

The fact that the new Pixels are being compared to the iPhone at all, though, highlights Google's apparent success at coming out with high-end phones that can be compared head-to-head with Apple's iconic design. Pixel smartphone is installed with latest Android 7.1 Nougat while Nexus 6P is upgradable to Android 7.0 Nougat. The first is Night Light that acts as a blue-light filter on your screen, and the second is Priority notifications that stops all but important beeps (like your alarm or phone calls from nominated contacts) disturbing you. People are noticing the ads, and curiosity is beginning to grow. And maybe it's how I talk to computers, but every time someone else was around when I said "OK Google", they didn't think it was a command-they thought I was annoyed and talking to my phone.

Engadget's Chris Velazco has also noticed some cons when it comes to both the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Both versions go on sale Thursday through Verizon, Best Buy and Google's online store. Beating Samsung, HTC, and Apple among others. Hence, the reviewer maintains that the claim is not really true, but he also admits that the Pixel devices' camera is actually the best one yet for Google's smartphone releases. It's crisp, clear, and truly does offer zero shutter lag. But differences are small, and the Pixel does better than typical smartphones.

Well, the reviews on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are finally in.

The Nexus line traditionally shipped with a bare-bones version of Android, offering little to no customization by Google to differentiate Nexus devices from the rest of the Android marketplace.

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Such digital assistants still represent a work in progress, including Google Assistant, but Google's voice brings a high IQ and a world of potential.

Secondly, the changeover from our old handset to the Pixel wasn't quite as smooth as Google had promised.

If you have to say the "Okay Google" command a couple of times the Assistant instantly becomes frustrating - you start questioning whether it would just be easier to tap your query/request into the Pixel with your fingers.

It all feels very much Google: it's fun, but not childish. They come with 4 GBs of RAM, a whizzy fast processor and up to 128 GBs of storage, which will help if you want to shoot 4K video. But, in person, for the Quite Black model at least, I rather like the look.

Look who's back in the smartphone hardware game. This isn't really a surprise as the iPhone itself seemed to borrow a few aesthetic choices from some Android phones like HTC models. Google Assistant found the correct song and played it. The Pixel and Pixel XL will be available exclusively in the United States from Verizon Wireless, and unlocked for all other carriers on the Google Store. Voice commands are recognized nearly instantly, even from across the room, which is something I continually struggle with when using Siri. In some cases, it was better at understanding my queries than Siri, while Apple's virtual assistant handled other situations better. As she recapped her day, she told me of a hike she and her husband took to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, CO.

For the most part of the reasons why many people love their Android devices to get Android Nougat is this Google Assistant. I use apps like iTunes and Google Music nearly equally, and I tend to use Skype for video calls, not Apple FaceTime or Google Duo.

  • Delia Davidson