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Grab the Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro
Previously the Pixels brought you the best of Android but this software was stuck inside a package of half-assed hardware. Yours truly really loved the Pixel 2 XL, but the build quality was nowhere near Apple’s and that continued as the years went on. This made Google appear as though it was not quite ready to take on Apple and Samsung. We had thought that things had changed with the Pixel 4 series, but it was the same old song as Google threw some questionable features that added up to a massive disappointment.
Some Pixel Superfans will receive Pixel 6 Pro socks…
Some will tell you that Google’s goal all along was to showcase stock Android. Remember, the larger-screened model was called the XL (extra large) which is really about size, not quality. It wasn’t until word leaked that there would be a Pixel 6 Pro (instead of a 6 XL) that people sat up and realized that there was a change in Google’s thinking this year.
Before there was the Pixel there was the Nexus
Google started the Pixel line after ending the Nexus program. Nexus phones were designed by other phone manufacturers and Google would provide the stock Android software. The Nexus One was released in January, 2010 and was made by HTC. Like the Pixel, the Nexus phones were first to receive an Android update.
The Nexus One was followed by the Nexus S, made by Samsung and released in December 2010. In November 2011, Samsung once again created the next Nexus phone which was called the Google Nexus. The launch was timed to coincide with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
In November 2012, the Nexus 4 was launched, manufactured by LG. The latter was back the next year to drop the Nexus 5 in October 2013. It was the first phone to run Android 4.4 KitKat.
A year later, the Nexus 6 was unveiled by Motorola which was making its Nexus debut. On September 29th, 2015, Google introduced two new handsets, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P made by LG and Huawei (!) respectively. Both models suffered from bootloops, draining batteries, and other issues that led to a settlement of a class action suit.
Perhaps the issues with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P led Google to end the Nexus program and create the Pixel. The first Pixel series was released in October 2016.