Google's shift from Nexus to Pixel is one of the most interesting turn of events this year. While there is no clear reason why this change occurred, fans seem to not have a problem with it at all. Nevertheless, now may be the best time to look back at Google's smartphones and find out how the new Pixel line has improved over its Nexus predecessors.
Google Nexus To Google Pixel
Over the years, Nexus phones have always been competitive when it comes to phone specs. In fact, the Nexus devices are consistently high end. The Nexus 6 from 2014 had 3 GB RAM, a 13 MP rear cam with OIS and a display resolution of 493 ppi. The phone is basically ahead of its time.
When the Nexus 6P came out, it did not need to improve so much as the Nexus 6's specs were still somewhat appropriate for 2015. The 6P has 3 GB RAM, 518 ppi resolution and a 12.3 rear camera.
Now, the Pixel XL is pretty much just going back where the company has left off with Nexus. The device got some internal improvements but it also got a slight change in size. The Nexus 6 has a 5.96-inch screen and the Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch screen. The current Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch screen.
Google Pixel's Improvements
Unlike past devices, the new Pixel phones are able to take 4K videos. Their display resolutions also show big improvements over their predecessors'. The Google Pixel XL has a display resolution of 534 PPI while the Google Pixel has a display resolution of 441 PPI .
Additionally, the new Pixel devices are VR-ready and come with built-in Google Assistant and unlimited cloud storage. Furthermore, these phones have an IP53 water resistance certification, CNET reported.
Moreover, the Pixel and Pixel XL come with new set of colors. The 2014 Nexus 6 only had Midnight Blue and Cloud White variants while the 2015 Nexus 6P had the Aluminum, Graphite and Front variants. Now, the Google Pixel phones come in blue, silver and black variants.
The company may have even had some fun time naming the Pixel colors. According to The Verge, the official colors of the new Google Pixel Phones are Very Silver, Really Blue and Quite Black.
Whether this is a take on Apple's Jet Black and Matte Black's iPhones, it's hard to tell. It's just that this is the first time Google used humorous names for its smartphones' colors. Needless to say, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have a lot of new things to offer aside from their new name.