Next generation of Pixel phones very likely to be water-resistant


In October 2016, WIRED's Kelsey McClellan revealed an interesting tidbit of info regarding the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, which he claimed came straight from the horse's mouth. Talking to Google reps shortly before the two phones launched, McClellan learned that the Pixels weren't made waterproof, simply because the engineers had ran out of time.

According to McClellan, Google had been working on the Pixels for quite some time, but then decided to scrap everything in late 2015 and start from scratch. This meant that the Pixel and Pixel XL had to go from the drawing board to launch in just over 9 months, which necessitated that some corners be cut. Sure enough, one of the (very few) corners cut had to do with the Pixels' endurance to the elements. Google intended for its first in-house developed flagships to have some sort of IP certification, but simply couldn't achieve everything it had set out to do in such a short time.

If there were any doubt that Google would take its time and waterproof the 2017 Pixel phones, a separate source has confirmed that the Big G intends to do just that. Stephen Hall of 9to5Google recently tweeted that he was told in October of last year, same month McClellan talked about the phones' troubled development, that the next generation of Pixels will have some sort of waterproofing.



While this is still just a rumor, we'd say chances are pretty good that the 2017 Pixel phones will be IP certified. We figured as much last year, but still – it's good to hear the same thing coming from separate sources.


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12 Comments

1. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

God damnit, the 1st pixel phones were just released 3 months ago. Now we're already talking about the next generation Pixel phones??

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Design a phone need average 1 year... Unlike Samsung.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Make it less iPhone-ish please.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And more Samsung-ish...!

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Make it more a combination of HTC, Samsung and Motorola... With some Nokia touches.

6. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Next Pixel XL with SD835, 5.7" QHD curved screen and USD700 price tag, next Pixel with SD660, 5.2" FHD plain screen and USD350 price tag - would be ideal. Also if Google could finally sort out the proper European availability...

9. lmao2016

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

If that's what they do to the next gen pixel the 2016 pixel will be my last pixel phone

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

One of the selling points of the Pixel line is that both phones, the regular and XL, both have essentially the same specs outside of screen size and resolution. What's the point in going the mini route (smaller device having lesser specs)?

7. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

1080 p 5.2 insh display , 3300 mah , snapdragon 835 , android o , 699 usd

8. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Next Pixel from LG.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

make it Palm Pebble-ish! no .. starfish? like a skyscraper! Can I get it shaped like a trump combover?

12. tchad78

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

I'm quite content with my S7. I hate the edged screens (had and returned the S7 edge - weird bluish effect on the curves drove me up that wall!). Give me a water resistant phone with great battery life and I'm in.

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