New Google Pixel?

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Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have seen a positive response, and are meeting their sales expectations for the last quarter of 2016. This is impressive in a world that seems to be dominated by Apple and Samsung. The success of their freshman device has them going back to the drawing board to release the next iteration of Pixel smartphones. The Pixel phones were a success, despite there being too few devices to meet demands. The next release is expected to command a higher price tag, since it will be marketed as a premium device.

In my opinion, both the Samsung and Google devices out shined the iPhone with the better display and internal storage capacity. I also appreciate how these devices utilize standard USB connectors, unlike the iPhone's lightning connector. I also like the fact that these devices do not lock you into the iTunes ecosystem. This is not a bad thing if you own all Apple products, but for people like me that incorporate various technologies from various companies, this could be a problem.

The one area where I think that the Pixel should have done better is the battery life. I completely understand though, that when you add new and powerful technology, battery life is going to suffer. Manufacturers could increase the size of their batteries, but now you have a device that is larger than the competition, and adds more weight. This is something that I would guess most consumers are willing to sacrifice. I normally use my devices for business purposes, and there is nothing worse than being in the middle of a call, and discovering that your battery is almost dead. The easy fix for this is to always carry a charger.

While I haven't found any concrete specs on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, I would suspect that the battery life might be something that gets addressed. With the recent release of devices from Samsung and Apple, it will be interesting to see how the new device stacks up against the competition.


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