What is a Google Pixel?


Updated: 11/26/2018 by Computer Hope

The Google Pixel is an Android smartphone released by Google on October 20, 2016. The Pixel was created to replace the Nexus. Like the Nexus, the Pixel runs a “stock version” of Android, meaning it receives updates as soon as they are released. Other Android phones sometimes delay updates for months.

The Google Pixel offers its users free unlimited photo storage on Google Photos. Also, Google Photos for the Pixel does not reduce picture quality to save room.

Tip: The Google Pixel is often shortened to “pixel.” To help prevent confusion between it and a display pixel, we suggest using the full name.

Versions of the Google Pixel

Since its initial release, there have been other versions of the Google Pixel. Below is a list of each of the Google Pixel phones that have been released.

  • Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL – The original Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL were released in October 2016. It has a circular icon theme and provides free unlimited full-quality photo storage.
  • Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL – The second generation Google Pixel was released in October 2017 and followed the trend of removing the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. The XL version of the phone contained very slim bezels, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X smartphones. It also boasted a far better camera than its competitors, despite not having two cameras.
  • Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL – Released in October 2018, the Google Pixel 3 continued with trends set by the first two phones. Improvements to the display, camera, and screen were made, along with other improvements. The Pixel 3 still only contains one rear camera, despite almost all competitors adding a second, or even third camera. The Pixel 3 XL also features a notch at the top, similar to the iPhone X, but users have the option to remove the notch by turning off the display at the top. The Pixel 3 phones also feature wireless charging.

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