Google has announced the release of its Pixel phones which are different from the Nexus products we’e seen before.
The new Pixels will keep current with the latest version of Android and monthly security updates, but this is no longer the bare “stock” Android that Nexus devices were always known for.
Some of the new features that are exclusive to the Pixel and Pixel XL are that they will come pre-instaled with Android 7.1 Nougat, Google’s AI-powered assistant Allo and the FaceTime-style app Duo.
The phones will be the first to support Google’s virtual reality platform, Daydream.
You will however need the new Daydream headset for a fully immersive experience and you will be able to play VR games and watch video apps like YouTube, Netflix, and HBO directly inside the virtual reality experience.
When it comes to the specs, the Pixel XL has 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED display with a quad-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB of RAM, USB Type-C port, and rear-facing fingerprint reader.
It comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front-facing one with a 3,450mAh battery and standard 32GB of storage, with the option to upgrade to a 128GB if needed.
The regular Pixel has similar specs, with a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, the same cameras as the XL and a smaller 2,770mAh battery.
It will also come with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and a USB Type-C port