I love Google’s Pixel phones. When Android founder Andy Rubin shut down his mobile phone startup – Essential – I migrated from Essential’s beautiful phones to the equally beautiful Google Pixel 3 in October 2018. Last year I upgraded to the Pixel 5 and will likely purchase the Pixel 7 within 24 months. I’m not alone as Google’s Pixel shipments jumped 4x from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022. It is not difficult to imagine Google becoming the number 3 North American handset OEM within 5 years.
The Pixel’s AI-powered camera is enormously impressive and its price point is attractive versus Apple and Samsung (Pixel 6a $499, Pixel 7 $599, Pixel 7 Pro $899). The Pixel 7 Pro leverages a 3 camera system including a 12 MP ultrawide lens with a 125.8° field of view, a 50 MP wide lens with with 2x optical zoom and a 48 MP telephoto lens with up to 30x zoom.
Here is more about the Pixel camera from the Product Managers of the Pixel camera: https://blog.google/products/pixel/pixel-7-camera/
What’s impressive is that the Pixel has gained traction with the benefit of very little advertising. At the end of the day the Pixel does not need to be a market share leader to benefit Google’s Ad business as Android has approximately 70% of the global mobile OS market (HERE).