Despite the fact that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
were manufactured by HTC and LG, the phones were fully designed Google. Ivy Ross, lead hardware designed at Google has just revealed some of the early iterations of the Pixel 2
, which made its debut on the market back in October.
Currently, Ross is responsible for the design of all Google products, including the popular Home Mini
, Daydream View
, and Pixelbook. According to her, the most important design aspect for Google's hardware is to make products that perfectly fit into our lives and homes.
I believe more time we spend in front of flat screens, the more we’ll crave soft and tactile three-dimensional shapes. This is reflected in the fabric in Home Mini, Home Max and Daydream View, the texture of Pixel phones and Pixel Books, and the soft silicon pad where you rest your wrist while typing on the PixelBook.
Apparently, Google considered a couple of design changes for its new Pixel
phones, including swappable backplates, monochrome read with the fingerprint scanner in one of Google's colors, as well as larger edges with a slimmer middle.
Early iterations of Google Pixel 2
The early versions of the Pixel 2
appearing in the picture seem almost the same, but if you look closer you'll notice that some are slightly thicker than others. A constant of all the iterations is the use of two colors to split the phone into two distinct parts.
I guess it's quite interesting to be able to virtually go through the whole process of creating the hardware design for a new smartphone, and see how it evolves between different stages of production.