Google has always been a software company, but over the years they released some really cool hardware products, the most important of which are smartphones. With the launch of the new Pixel 3 series of smartphones, we trace Google’s smartphone journey from the very first phones. To help visualize this long journey we have an infographic from HomeTop that throws light on the Nexus and Pixel range of smartphones and their specifications.
From many obvious aspects like design and feature additions, we see the tremendous improvements in the processor, RAM, and cameras. While the very first Android phone, the HTC G1 boasted of a measly 192 MB of RAM, we have the latest Pixel 3 with 6GB of RAM. Then we have the processors, which moved from 32-bit single-core units of the G1 to the Octa-Core 64-bit units for the Pixel 3. The most obvious change is in the screen real estate. While the HTC G1 had a minuscule 3.2-inch display the Pixel 3 XL boasts a gargantuan 6.3-inch display. Screen resolutions too have increased over the years from 320×480 pixels to 2960×1440 pixels.
But specifications are not all with Nexus phones, they were always about the user experience and that is one thing that has remained consistent right from the very first Nexus phone, the Nexus One. Made by HTC, this phone at its time was a game changer, as you got quick and regular updates and a completely stock Android experience.
At that time most phone makers used to paste on heavy skins that spoiled the user experience and often never got updates. The Nexus One changed that for good. Over the years we have had many Nexus smartphones from the innovative Nexus 4 which boasted of a glass back with wireless charging in 2012, to the Nexus 5’s optically stabilized cameras but the general ethos has always been unadulterated software experience for a value price.
But with the Nexus 6, Google moved to a higher price segment with even the Nexus 6P, the last Nexus phone taking a similar route. Google clearly wanted a bit more of the pie and despite the anguish of their fans, closed down the Nexus program.
But born from the ashes of Nexus was the Pixel program which created smartphones that focus on great software experience but also a more premium smartphone experience with better cameras, display and build. The camera is one specialty of the Pixel programs as we have seen on the Pixel 2, which boasts of one of the best camera experiences on mobile. Despite using a single sensor, Google is able to deliver great images in all lighting conditions and can take excellent effect shots with the Pixel 2.
The Pixel 3 launched recently aims to take this to the next level with a bigger display, improved software, and better cameras. Read more details of each of the Nexus and Pixel phones in the infographic above and comment about which one of the phones is your favorite and your thoughts on the new Pixel 3 phones.