How to install the Open Source OS on the new Google Pixel smartphones
Posted On July 7, 2021
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are finally shipping.
The Pixel 2 has a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture.
The Google-designed Pixel 2 will cost $649 and will be available in a $400 model starting June 30.
The larger Pixel 2XL will cost an extra $449 and will go on sale in June.
But we’re just scratching the surface of what’s new in the Pixel 2, which has a 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 840 processor, a 32GB internal storage, a 3,000mAh battery, 16MP rear-facing camera, a 2,100mAh battery for charging, NFC, and Android L. Google has been working on making its own phone hardware since 2015, and the Pixel phone is its latest attempt at doing so.
The hardware isn’t as flashy as the Google Pixel phones from 2015, but it does look pretty and is backed by a much-improved Android.
The only catch is that Google doesn’t want to sell the Pixel phones to third-party OEMs.
In an interview with Ars, Pixel owner Mark Gurman said that “I don’t want the Pixel to be sold to any OEM,” which sounds like a nice way to keep the Google branding in place.
That doesn’t mean Google won’t sell the Google phone to OEMs, though.
Google does sell the hardware itself to OEM partners for some Android phones.
And Google has sold Pixel phones in the past, too, with OnePlus phones and LG phones getting Google’s blessing.
But Google hasn’t made any announcements about Pixel phone hardware for some time now.