October 4th, 2016 — Google just announced a slew of new products, and the one that will get the most attention is their brand new Pixel phone. The Verge has a 10-minute summary so you don’t have to watch the hour and a half event for all the other products. The Pixel phone comes in two sizes, 5″ (Pixel) and 5.5″ (Pixel XL), and there’s a lot of hype around this phone because it is a departure from their recent Nexus line. With the Nexus line, Google approached different Android manufacturers to make their phone, so for example, Nexus 4 and 5 were made by LG, Nexus 6 was made by Motorola, and the 5x and 6p was made by LG and Huawei, respectively.
This year, the Nexus partnership idea is gone. The rebrand of Pixel is advertised with #madebygoogle, there’s no longer any branding from the manufacturer and instead, we have a Google logo at the back of the phone. This phone is actually made by HTC, but it seems like Google has had much more say in how the Phone is like, presumably. So this phone isn’t quite made by Google, but it’s designed by them.