Android 7.1 will only bring Google Assistant to Pixel owners


Google announced its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at its October 4 event, revealing the new Android poster boys for all the world to see. Now, Google is doing the same with the upcoming Pixel phones running Google's Android system. A bummer for a phone positioned as the harbinger of the bleeding edge of Android - the first to ship with version 7.1.

"With Pixel, we obsessed over every detail, from the industrial design to the user experience".

Google has never had exclusive features for any Nexus device in the past.

Here it is. The much-anticipated even for the year, Google's smartphone launch commenced yesterday at San Fransisco.

The Daydream View VR headset will work with the new Pixel phones and other Android devices. But frankly speaking, most people still buy their phones from retail stores, and it's a niche of first-adopters and hardcore geeks who are going to buy a $700 phone directly from Google's site.

Those features include the aforementioned Assistant, as well as unlimited original quality Google Photos backup and 24/7 on phone customer support. It seems that this new contender in the battle of smartphones will surely have a mean punch to pack. Google is still trying hard to be the hardware company, and it is hoping this latest effort will be taken more seriously.

The smart assistant responds to voice commands, performs actions and serves notifications based on a user's habits.

The 12.3mp rear camera will have the 1.55um pixels and the f/2.0 aperture. It gets the highest camera rating of 89 on camera-testing website DxOMark and is touted as having "the shortest capture time on any mobile camera ever".

"This new phone could get up to 7 hours of battery charge within 15 minutes".

The smaller variant will be called as the "Google Pixel" and it comes with a 5-inch 1080p display with a curved 2.5D glass on top of it. Google launched the handsets in three color variants including the "Really Blue", "Quite Black" and "Very Silver" models.