Infographic: The Path to Google Pixels

10 October 2018
The history of the Pixel 3 starts about 10 years ago with the introduction of the HTC G1. This infographic traces each step since then.

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  • Dan.b

The G1 was one of the best phones I've ever owned. I opted for HTC phones almost exclusively after that up until the M8. Shame HTC or the Pixel 3 can't capture that magic.

i had the galaxy nexus, damn good phone, also the only samsung i've had in my life

  • Salt

OwnFix3, 10 Oct 2018No shit, this is really a good list. Thumbs up!+1

Kingslayer, 10 Oct 2018At least Google didn’t go to LG to mess it up again. HTC = ... moreDid you not hear that Google bought most of htc design team for $1 billion 6 months ago ?
Guess who designed these latest pixels ?
Pixel 3's are HTC's in everything but name, even down to the extra side pressure system...

One look at the early "G" phones and you can see why every single developer and "serious" android user got an HTC HD2 as soon as they could, the HD2 made the "G" phones look the rubbish they were.
I also notice that the article managed to totaly forget about one of the most successful Nexus devices, the Nexus 7's !!! Google will have to admit fairly soon that they have shot themselves with the change of philosophy from Nexus to Pixel, Here in the UK i've met more people with essential ES 1's than I have with Pixels.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 10 Oct 20183,3xl are htc Guess you missed the news few months ago that th... moreThey did't paid the engineer, the buy the hole team... Now the engineer are part of Google team.

Kangal, 10 Oct 2018The LG Google Nexus 4.... was the most ambitious phone by Google... moreNo shit, this is really a good list. Thumbs up!

  • Anonymous

Kingslayer, 10 Oct 2018At least Google didn’t go to LG to mess it up again. HTC = ... more3,3xl are htc
Guess you missed the news few months ago that they paid to use their engineers

  • Anonymous

Huaweis Nexus 6P was the best

  • Test

Nexus 5 came in 16 or 32GB storage options.

  • lyndino

I thought the HTC Magic was the first Android phone, released in 2009?
Running Android 1.6 aka Donut.

  • Kangal

The LG Google Nexus 4.... was the most ambitious phone by Google.

Whilst Apple's most ambitious device was the iPhone 4.
The most ambitious "phablet" was the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung's most ambitious flagship was the Galaxy SII.
Their rival LG's best attempt was with the LG G2.
Long forgotten HTC did their best with the EVO 4G.
Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact is the stuff of legends.
Nokia's most ambitious Android device was the Nokia 7 Plus.
Blackberry tried their hardest with the sleek Priv.
Motorola were most innovative with the Atrix 4G.
Lenovo's recent ZUK Z2 was their best attempt yet.
ASUS has only recently pushed the envelope with the RoG Phone.
Vivo's lineup impressed me the most with the Nex S.
Oppo were most innovative with their dev-focussed N1.
OnePlus' most ambitious was with the OnePlus One.
ZTE's best attempt is easily the Axon 7.
TCL's ambitious attempt was with the Idol 3 Plus.
LeCo's Pro3 seems like their finest attempt.
Huawei's hardest attempt was the superb P9 Plus.
Meizu most innovative handset has probably been the Pro 6.
Xiaomi? Too many, a toss-up between the Mi Mix, Poco F1, Mi A2, Redmi Note3, and Mi 3.

At least Google didn’t go to LG to mess it up again.

HTC = 5
G1 (aka Dream)
Nexus One (aka Passion)
Pixel
Pixel XL
Pixel 2

Samsung = 2
Nexus S
Galaxy Nexus

LG = 4
Nexus 4
Nexus 5
Nexus 5X
Pixel 2 XL

Motorola = 1
Nexus 6

Huawei = 1
Nexus 6P

Google = 2
Pixel 3
Pixel 3 XL

Even though Google still used a subsidiary of Foxconn, the Pixel 3/3 XL can be the first to claim that it is made by Google. No HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, or Huawei. This is all Google. The first true Google phones.

My favorite number is 4 because I was born on the 4th. Like the iPhone 4 and Apple Watch Series 4, I hope the Pixel 4 is when Google totally redesigns it. They did not totally design the original Pixel. HTC helped them. The Pixel 4 could be Google's first true phone design.

  • Anonymous

sr777, 10 Oct 2018Look at what is currently going on with all the manufacturers pa... more...are you implying google is the reason they're struggling?

Or just saying "Samsung has no need to work with Google anymore".

  • inagy

No manufacturer for pixel3

Cyberpunk 2018, 10 Oct 2018I demand the return of SAMSUNG NEXUS or I will riot in the streetsLook at what is currently going on with all the manufacturers participated in Google's Nexus and Pixel programs. Except for Samsung and Huawei all of them are struggling.

Nexus 6 was a love

Cyberpunk 2018, 10 Oct 2018I demand the return of SAMSUNG NEXUS or I will riot in the streetsOr something that has modern 2018 specs IN A SAMSUNG NEXUS body!

  • Anonymous

5X is uglier than P3 XL

AnonD-632062, 10 Oct 2018Excellent. It's like Google is getting progressively worse each ... moreWait isn't this a somewhat similar case for some other brands?