Despite its Google branding, the Pixel and Pixel XL units sold through certain carriers in the world come with a locked down bootloader. This includes carrier models sold by the likes of Verizon in the United States and EE in the United Kingdom.
T-Mobile, the Un-carrier, today announced a promotional scheme for Google Pixel owners. Under the scheme, the Un-carrier will give you 50 percent back off ($325) on the retail price of the handset provided you sign up for T-Mobile ONE.
The 12MP rear shooter on the Pixel might not seem impressive on paper, but it has received rave reviews, with the camera easily challenging the likes of Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. The camera is not without its issues though, with many customers and reviewers noting a “halo effect” in photos taken under certain lighting conditions.
Google has confirmed to 9to5Google that the Pixel pre-order demand has “exceeded” the company’s expectations. While Google did ship out Pixel units to customers who pre-ordered the handsets, many customers are still waiting for their credit card to be even charged.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL went on sale in the United States today, with customers who pre-ordered the device also getting their hands on it. To complement the beautiful 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays on the handsets, we have a collection of some beautiful wallpapers for you.
For their price, one of the biggest disappointments with the Pixel and Pixel XL is their lack of any kind of waterproofing. All other flagship phones that are priced on the same level as the Pixel and Pixel XL like the Galaxy S7 edge and iPhone 7 feature an IP67 or higher rating that makes them resistant to dust and water.
To match the high price of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google has been focusing on providing quality after-sales service to customers of the handsets. In a bid to make sure that Pixel owners face very little downtime in case they break their screen, Google has partnered with uBreakFix in the United States and Canada to offer walk-in repairs to Pixel customers.
Time to answer a few questions. Yes, this is Google’s headline Android phone for the year. Yes, it goes under the Pixel brand rather than Nexus. Yes, Google’s marketing department has gone into overdrive trying to create a genuine consumer phone that can more obviously match the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. And yes, as a result it’s arguably at least £200 too expensive here in the UK. And similarly across the world. But is the super speedy and phenomenally well put together Google Pixel XL worth the branding premium?
With the Google Pixel and Pixel XL releasing earlier this week, it was only a matter of time before the first teardown of the handsets hit the web. Doing the deed, iFixit has posted the teardown of the HTC-made Google Pixel XL.
With the Pixel and Pixel XL going on sale in the United States, Google has released three new advertisements for the handsets. Unlike other companies that feature celebrities in their commercials, Google’s ads for the Pixel stars YouTube celebrities.