For many, the Nexus 6P was the first true all-rounder flagship phone from Google, following years of the internet giant putting out Nexus devices with various compromises (mainly in the camera and battery departments). It was the highest-rated Nexus device from critics; Google also launched the 5-inch Nexus 5X alongside the 6P, and the successors to the two devices came this year in the form of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixels are Google’s weapons to take on the Galaxies and the iPhones, and it looks like people have taken a liking to the company’s latest phone.
According to data tested by mobile marketing firm Appboy, both the Pixel and Pixel XL have done better than the Nexus 6P in the first week of sales. Based on more than a 100 million daily app devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL reached 0.016 percent and 0.020 percent market share a week after release, a time shorter by a week when compared to the Nexus 6P. Adoption would have been even higher had Google made enough units to meet the demand seen by the two handsets – both devices are currently out of stock at Google’s online store, with new orders set to go out by late November for many consumers.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are made by HTC and were the launch platforms for Android 7.0 Nougat. Their features include 5-inch Full HD and 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED displays, the Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 12.3-megapixel rear cameras, 8-megapixel front-facing cameras, 32/128GB of internal storage, 2,770 mAh/3,450 mAh batteries, USB Type-C ports, and fingerprint sensors. Google is selling the handsets at prices that match Apple’s iPhones, with the company’s Pixel-exclusive and Siri-like Google Assistant app one of the handsets’ highlights. The Pixel devices also have the best cameras according to DxOMark, besting both the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7.