Google Pixel: Is Google’s Smartphone Evolution Leading??

by Atinuke Naomi
4 mins read

Google as the developer of the Android operating system and only premium Android devices are expected from them.Google Pixel’s first series started in 2016. Explained below is the evolution of Google Pixel.

Google Pixel First Series

  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL

Google Pixel

The series was released in 2016. Before Google started the pixel series, they has partnered with other smartphone brands. The first phone they worked on was Nexus One, which was released in 2010

They officially started in 2016 and the goal was to produce smartphones with seamless user experience. The goal was met with the pixel being known for its great camera and unlimited cloud storage for Google Photos. When the series was released, it was popularly known for its camera. They both had front and rear cameras that took high-quality photos. The camera rating, which was rated by an independent benchmark was the highest ever given to a smartphone camera. The addition of Google Assistant was a plus.

Google Pixel 2 series

  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel

The series was released in 2017. The Pixel 2 had a 5-inch screen and the Pixel 2 XL had a 6-inch screen. Just like the first series, Pixel 2 Series offered one of the best cameras. It was from this series that Optimal image stabilization started and its purpose is to prevent blurry or out-of-focus photos and videos.

Google Pixel 3 series

  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL

The Pixel 3 and the 3 XL were released in 2018. Both versions come with a higher resolution than the earlier models and had a more powerful processor than earlier versions. Design-wise, the Pixel 3 left out the headphone jack, which means that the user has to use wireless earbuds or headphones with them.

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were released in 2019. These two are the low-budget models of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This was achievable because Google made use of a less powerful processor than the original 3 series. This less powerful processor implies that it is not as fast as the original series but fast enough to cater to an average user.

Google Pixel 4 series

  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a 5G

This series was released in 2019. This series was the first of all Google phones to have two rear-facing cameras. The second camera on the Pixel 4 boasted a telephoto lens, allowing you to zoom in on images and take up-close photos.

Another feature that came with this series is the Motion Sense, a radar-based gesture recognition system. It detects when you’re close to the device and turns on the screen. With the use of gestures, application usage is seamless.

Google released a budget version of the Pixel 4, the 4a, several months after the launch. The 4a came out in August 2020 and a 5G version followed one month later.

Google Pixel 5 series

  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a

This series was released in 2020. At this time, series 5 was the first series without an XL model.

The Pixel 5 had a lot in common with the 4a 5G, as it had practically the same internal hardware. Yet, the 4a 5G was considerably more affordable than the Pixel 5. It supports wireless charging and reverses wireless charging.

Pixel 5a was released in 2021. It is noteworthy that the model with “a” is the budget-friendly one.

Google Pixel 6 series

  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 6a

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were released in 2021. The Google Tensor chip is another change made in the 6 series, a custom silicon chip that’s a first for the company. With Google Tensor, the Pixel 6 series offers more AI abilities than are available with the Qualcomm chips it was using previously. The camera on the Pixel 6 series also got an upgrade. The upgrade came with three cameras on the back and one on the front, so you can use the cameras to take wide-angle shots and extreme close-ups.

Google Pixel 7 series
  • Pixel 7
  • Pixel 7 pro

The series was released in 2022. Both phones featured the second-gen Tensor chip for faster performance. For this age and time, this series is an almost perfect one. The cameras are among the best on smartphones and they snap photos faster at night. With this series, Google brought their A-game.


In conclusion, Google Pixel phones below the 6 series come with one “supposed” flaw or the other. One has to know for sure why they are buying the phone to know which feature to let go of or hold on to. It is also noteworthy that Google offers a 3-year operating system update and a 5-year security patch update.

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