The Pixel smartphones mark a bold new direction for Google. It is difficult to tell whether we just witnessed another historical moment yesterday or not. In 2008 when the first Android phone was announced, little did anyone know it would revolutionize the world of wireless devices.
For the first time, the owner of Android is competing head-on with its partners, unlike the shy Nexus approach it has been following over the years and Google is eager to differentiate its smartphones from the huge variety of Android devices already on the market. As such, the Google Pixels mark a shift from the “Vanilla Android” experience.
Google’s Pixel smartphones will be the first devices to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat. But Google is also bringing the next version of Android to recent Nexus phones and the Pixel C tablet. But right now it’s not clear which features are Pixel-only and which will arrive on other devices with Android 7.1.
Although there are a few features that we do know for a fact that are Pixel exclusive, for instance, Google Assistant. Google confirmed that the virtual assistant service will only be available on the Pixel and Pixel XL. Those opaque navigation icons and the Pixel Launcher are also Pixel exclusives, at least for now. The unlimited original Google Photos storage, and Smart Storage, which automatically cleans up space occupied by backed-up media and the integrated customer support app will obviously be Pixel only too.
Android Police reports the Pixel smartphones will also retain exclusivity to some camera features – Pixel Camera app with electronic image stabilization, hardware-accelerated HDR+ image processing, and Smartburst features – and sensor hub functionality along with some cosmetic touches, like the color accents and the dynamic calendar icon.
Android 7.1 features
As for the features coming to other devices once Android 7.1 rolls out, they include Daydream VR, night light (display color tweaks), moves (an optional feature that lets you swipe using a fingerprint sensor), seamless updates (however, if you have a current phone, don’t get too excited by the inclusion of seamless A/B system updates; Google has repeatedly stated that this will not be available for existing devices).
There’s also a new storage manager to figure out which apps and files are using the most storage, improved touchscreen performance, and new developer features including support for circular app icons, a new app shortcuts API, and more.
An Android 7.1 developer preview should be available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Pixel C by the end of the year. It’s not yet clear if earlier devices like the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 will get the update, although Google has suggested that anything capable of running Android 7.0 should be able to handle Android 7.1.
Source : Android Police