For many of us, Google runs our email, maps, internet browsers and calendars. Now the tech giant wants to control our mobile phones.
Google has launched its first entirely Google-designed smartphone, the Pixel in a bid to knock Apple and Samsung from the top of the $525 billion global smartphone market.
Google has sold its Nexus phone since 2010, but unlike the Nexus, the Pixel wasn’t developed with the assistance of other smartphone makers like LG, Huawei or HTC. Nexus never took off.
The tech giant unveiled the Pixel on Wednesday (AEST) in San Francisco, about a month after Apple launched its new iPhone 7.
And while the iPhone 7 rubbed some tech lover the wrong way (because it dumped the 3.5mm headphone jack, it wasn’t very different to the iPhone 6 and its weird “buzzing sound“), the Pixel has been met with almost universal praise.
It’s also come at a good time to get the jump on Samsung, which is battling to control the public relations fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery recall.
In short, the Pixel has all the features you’d expect from a new smartphone, with its camera and Google Assistant (aka Siri competitor) being two features the tech giant is most proud of.
Here’s how the Google Pixel, the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 compare:
Samsung Galaxy S7:
Google Pixel: 2,770 mAh
iPhone 7: 1,960 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7: 3,000 mAh
Google Pixel: L= 5.66 W= 2.74 Thickness = 0.34
iPhone 7: L= 5.44 W = 2.64 Thickness = 0.28
Samsung Galaxy S7: L= 5.61 W 2.74 Thickness = 0.31
Google Pixel: 12.3 megapixel and 8 megapixel (selfie)
iPhone 7: 12 megapixel and 7 megapixel (selfie)
Samsung Galaxy S7: 12 megapixel and 5 megapixel
Google Pixel: 32 or 128GB
iPhone 7: 32 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB
Samsung Galaxy S7: 32 GB or 64 GB plus microSD slot
Google Pixel: 3.5mm headphone jack
iPhone 7: Lightning ear pods connector. Lightning to 3.5mm connector supplied
Samsung Galaxy S7: 3.5mm headphone jack
Google Pixel: 5 inch, 1920×1080 pixel resolution
iPhone 7: 4.7 inch, 1344×750 pixel resolution
Samsung Galaxy S7: 1440×2560 pixel resolution
Google Pixel: 4K
iPhone 7: 4K
Samsung Galaxy S7: 4K
Google Pixel: Google Assistant
iPhone 7: Siri
Samsung Galaxy S7: “OK Google”
OPERATING SYSTEM (standard)
Google Pixel: Android 7.1 Nougat
iPhone 7: iOS 10
Samsung Galaxy S7: Android OS 6 Marshmallow
Google Pixel: Yes, on the phone’s rear
iPhone 7: Yes, on home button
Samsung Galaxy S7: Yes, on the home button
Google Pixel: starts at $1,079
iPhone 7: starts at $1,079
Samsung Galaxy S7: starts at $1,179
Google Pixel: Yes (Daydream)
iPhone 7: n/a
Samsung Galaxy S7: Yes (Samsung Gear)
Google Pixel: Black, Blue, Silver
iPhone 7: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
Samsung Galaxy S7: Black Onyx, White Pearl, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Pink Gold
Google Pixel: USB-C
iPhone 7: Lightning
Samsung Galaxy S7: Micro USB
*** Google Pixel information is for regular Google Pixel handset, not Google Pixel XL