From the past few years, we are ritualized to the launch of a new Google smartphone every year. This was a trend that started nearly a decade ago with the Nexus series and is still in practice today with the Pixel series. This shows Google long time vision into the smartphone category. Their entire smartphone journey right from the genesis of Android is captured beautifully by the infographic created by HomeTop shown below.
The first Google smartphone was realized along with the launch of the Android operating system. Google teamed up with HTC to create the HTC G1 which remains the first Android smartphone. It aimed to move the people from existing smartphones operating systems that were heavily based on keypad usage and onto a more touch-friendly experience like the iPhone.
The first real Nexus smartphone was the Nexus One, which was also built by HTC. The Nexus series of smartphones were designed to give people a taste of how Google wanted the smartphones to be, with great software experience, better integrated Google services and value hardware. Over the years we got a ton of cool Nexus devices from the Nexus 4 with its glass back, the Nexus 5 with its optically stabilized cameras and the huge and curvy Nexus 6. But after the launch of the Nexus 5X and 6P Google ditched the Nexus program for the Pixel lineup.
With the launch of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL we enter the third generation of the Pixel series which bring along an even more premium build and design, a better-crafted software experience with more exclusive features and a more premium price. With the Pixel phone prices ever on the rise, do you think Google should come up with an affordable Nexus lineup? Share your thoughts with us and do check out the infographic.