Nobody cares about the Google Pixel? Guess again...

Nobody cares about the Google Pixel? Guess again...
Despite being an indisputable giant in the smartphone industry, Google’s own Pixel phones are still considered the “new kids on the block”. And that's normal — we've only seen three generations thus far. Each iteration of the devices gets a mixed reception — their full-on flagship prices still contrast the fresh-in-memory Nexus handsets of the past, which were much cheaper, but were killed off in the name of the Pixel; they may come with some production issues in the first batches, probably due to Google being new in the hardware game; their designs are sometimes questionable, with the Pixel 3 XL’s bold notch being a major pain point this last generation.

So, Pixels are sometimes mocked or berated, with people arguing that it’s much better to spend your $800 on a Samsung or just go with an iPhone.

But the Pixel phones are not a failure — not by any means. They run super fast and snappy, they have outstanding cameras thanks to Google’s HDR+ computational tech, and they receive timely Android updates for up to three years after release. That’s something that no other Android phone can say for itself, not unless it’s a member of the Android One program, and it’s a huge selling point for enthusiasts.

It seems that customers can appreciate all of that. According to a report by analytics firm Strategy Analytics, Google Pixel is currently the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the United States.

There are two ways to look at this:

One — despite the occurrences where Pixels find themselves the target of jokes and jabs by tech pundits and smartphone fans, clearly, there are a lot of people that like to use one — even buy one at that. Having a phone that’s made by the very company that develops its operating system certainly shows. The Pixels are meant to be the “iPhones of Android” and this growth factor shows that, despite some hiccups, they are on their way to get to that point.

Or two — “fastest growing” doesn’t really mean “most popular”. A lot of the Pixel's rivals can't really compete when it comes to speed of growth. Why? Well, they've already done a lot of their growing. There is a point of saturation where a product’s growth slows down considerably. That’s because most people that would buy it, already own it. The iPhone can’t possibly grow this fast right now simply because most people that would buy an iPhone already have one. So, iPhones, Galaxies, and LG phones just can't compete in this particular metric.

The Google Pixel is a very young brand and, in fact, it is probably the only fresh new name to attack the top-tier market with such ferocity. Thankfully, it has Google money backing it up in that endeavor. So, while other newcomers, such as the OnePlus, are forced to slowly trickle their way into the public's eye, the Google Pixels hit hard with carrier support and expensive ad space to back them up.

But we don’t mean to take away from its accomplishments. If the brand is growing, this means that there are people out there that are switching from their old phones to this new phone. So, joke about the Pixel 3 XL’s notch all you want — it’s still making a dent in the market! (Why wouldn’t it, have you seen the size of that thing?)

Related phones

Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh



1. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

It seems to be a camera with smartphone functionalities. While I do give credit for its camera and their relatively fast updates, I really, really hope they can do something in regards to quality control in hardware and software. Especially software bugs.

13. japkoslav

Posts: 1500; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I would say camera is great too, but they used garbage mics... so even low end Xiaomi can produce better videos (image great, sound garbage vs. Image good, sound good as well).

14. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

The pixel 3 is the best small android phone of 2018, great performance, best camera, stock android, good screen, good design, comfortable to use, the best stereo speakers, its basically a great phone in general and the pixel 4 will be the best small android phone of 2019 as well and it will be my next phone

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

I've been thinking of giving the Pixel line of smartphones a chance. I'm a huge fan of Stock Android. Maybe I'll pick one up soon. I just wish Google would get the QC under better control.

17. Vancetastic

Posts: 1133; Member since: May 17, 2017

I’ve thought about it myself, but it feels like Pixel owners are beta testers sometimes! Also, price...a mite to high in my opinion.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with you on both points. It's what's kept me away from Pixels.

26. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So you have never used a Pixel yet you saw the need to constantly talk about the issues that you exaggerated along with dismissing anyone who said that they have never experienced any problems with the Pixel phones?

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’ve never used a Pixel in your life, and yet you constantly say the issues of a smartphone you’ve never used are overblown. You have also never used a Nokia Android smartphone, an Android powered BlackBerry, or a Huawei smartphone, and yet you continue to talk about negatively about them all while dismissing anyone who proves you wrong.

32. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Coming from you, yeah I will say that they are overblown. You can say whatever you want about my smartphone experience, but it's not going to change anything. I don't need your approval or validation.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm merely repeating documented facts, and I have posted links from this site and others that back up what I have been reiterating. Just because you don't like the messenger, doesn't mean the message is incorrect. You can't prove or validate your own "experience" with smartphones is what you really mean to say.

39. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's documented facts when you do it, but it's attacking when I do it? That's just hypocrisy from you.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's documented facts because they are verifiable through links. You post your opinion and try to pass it off as facts while you ignore the actual facts. The only hypocrite here is you.

18. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

But you were going on about issues that Google never fixed on the Pixels. Surely you have used one enough to back up what you said in the past?

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because they do have issues that are well documented. Surely you know how to read so you're able to know this? And didn't you say that you own a Pixel? Surely you can debunk what do many have said with your anecdotal evidence since you claim to own one.

27. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Anecdotal won't save you from "credible" word of mouth that actually has experience with the Pixel phones.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’ve never used Pixel phones, so you’re anecdotal evidence won’t save you from the well documented issues that they have suffered from.

31. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You've never used any smartphone, so you're not qualified to comment on my smartphone usage or anything smartphone related. You have used that bs response against other users as well so you're not really credible to talk about issues on the Pixels that you continue to exaggerate.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

I've used far more smartphones that you ever have, and have even posted proof of ownership. You've done nothing but lie about what you own, and I proved that when you said you owned a certain smartphone, but you didn't even know what SoC it used. As a supposed "techie", you should have known that. The evidence of Pixels having issues is well documented, and not exaggerated. You just don't like the fact that I'm repeating it because it's an OEM you favor. But facts aren't facts because you believe them or not. Facts are facts because there is evidence to support it.

38. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So if that's the case then you shouldn't have any problems with providing me with the issues that YOU have encountered on the Pixel phones. I'm not even going to acknowledge your bs about not knowing what SoC is or whatever the fudge you're going on about. Stop rambling and making crap up. I don't have to prove anything to you about my smartphone experience.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can ask the same of you some you claim to own a recent BlackBerry smartphone, as well as claiming to have used a Nokia 6.1 that you didn't even know what SoC it used, and you always complain about LG and Huawei smartphones. You won't acknowledge not knowing about the SoC because its an embarrassment to you and proves you didn't own or use the Nokia 6.1. You can't prove what you don't have, you just make up BS stories to try and justify your trolling.

3. Fred3

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I had one for over an year and i liked the OnePlus i had more than the Pixel but....I miss Samsung and it's features.

4. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I love google update speed and camera is best in smartphone class however I cant move away from Samsung, bc of Samsung Pay.

5. pimpin83z

Posts: 521; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"Nobody cares about the Google Pixel?" This might just be your opinion, PA. Also, its carrier exclusivity for the first 2 years delayed its popularity. Like hjl2345 said, it's more of a great camera with smartphone capabilities.

6. Orion78

Posts: 188; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I'm a Google fan but they've been falling off lately. At this point it's going to take more than just a great camera and software to win me over in 2019. I hope the Pixel 4 XL will knock it out the park or I'm moving to the Note 10.

7. miketer

Posts: 515; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

The Pixel range is a great phone and I don't think I'll divert from this range in the near future.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4127; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I haven't seen context to the growth yet. Selling 10 this year vs 1 the first year is incredible growth but insignificant in terms of actual sales. What are the sales numbers for the 3rd gen Pixels?

9. Knownhost

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

Yay! Another "Pixel is the Best Android Smartphone Evah!" article. Like LG phones, the Pixel has too many compromises to be a contender for my dollars. The design is ... questionable, the amount of RAM is barely sufficient, and it has no headphone jack or SD card. I do not care how fast the updates are or how great the camera is if the phone does not do everything I use a smartphone to do.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If their next phone ships without this hideous notch, I might consider switching from OnePlus to Google

19. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

As much as I like the Pixel, the OnePlus is just unbeatable. I wouldn't switch from it but that's just me.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

OnePlus is good, but not unbeatable. No smartphone is unbeatable. The Pixel line beats the OnePlus line in the imagery/video department, for example.

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