The Pixel 6 is the Google flagship of your dreams after a decade of waiting, produced by Samsung

The Pixel 6 is the Google flagship of your dreams after a decade of waiting, produced by Samsung

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  • As you can see, after the switch to Pixel, Samsung was nowhere to be seen. But before that! Before the Pixel – there were a couple of other phones that made headlines and grabbed the attention of the enthusiastic Android fan. The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was a dream-come-true for the pure Android fans out there! – After a 10-year wait, Pixel 6 is the Samsung-powered Google flagship of your dreams The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was a dream-come-true for the pure Android fans out there! Of course, I’m talking about the “Google Play edition” devices, and in this case, particularly the Samsung Galaxy S4 (although my personal favorite would have been the HTC One).

  • Hey, do you recall the Samsung-produced Google phones from 2010 and 2011 called the Nexus S and Google Nexus? Yes, ten years have passed. They were the second and third Nexus phones, respectively (the first one – the Nexus One was made by HTC). But in 2011, Google and Samsung parted ways after two years of cooperation. Up until the major rebranding, which redefined Google’s reputation as a phone manufacturer, the subsequent Nexus smartphones were produced by LG, Motorola, and Huawei. I’m talking about the changeover to the Pixel lineup, in case you couldn’t tell.

Now, sure – after numerous attempts, Google stopped selling their last Google Play edition phone in January 2015 (the HTC One M8). However, this doesn’t change the fact that the idea of a “stock” Android Samsung-made flagship was very appealing to certain users, who wanted to have the best of both worlds – great Samsung-level hardware, and fast and reliable Google software – instead of… TouchWiz.

In case you didn’t know, the full specs of Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro/XL devices have leaked, and we can already see the big role Samsung’s played in their development. Let’s split this into three sections about the processor, display, and camera, and give them the deserved attention. The Whitechapel chip is said to be on par with the Snapdragon 870. – After a 10-year wait, Pixel 6 is the Samsung-powered Google flagship of your dreams. The Whitechapel chip is said to be on par with the Snapdragon 870.

Yes, Samsung’s Android skin offered some (often too many) additional features such as split-screen multitasking and air gestures, but the far more critical aspects of the user experience like UI navigation, animations, and software updates were all faster and more reliable on Google’s version of the Galaxy S4 – otherwise a great device with massive commercial success, despite TouchWiz. The Google Pixel 6 will be using a Samsung-made SoC, display, and possibly camera sensors. Jonas Daehnert – After a 10-year wait, Pixel 6 is the Samsung-powered Google flagship of your dreams. The Google Pixel 6 will be using a Samsung-made SoC, display, and possibly camera sensors. Jonas Daehnert

In other words, this is a custom-made SoC by Samsung, and similar to the Exynos 2100 found in the Galaxy S21 series, but unique and tailored to Google’s needs. “Whitechapel” is expected to elevate the user experience compared to the Google Pixel 5, which, as you might recall, was powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Samsung sells displays to many companies. Image courtesy of  Jonas Daehnert. – After a 10-year wait, Pixel 6 is the Samsung-powered Google flagship of your dreams

The Pixel 6 series seems to take every quality Samsung component – the display, chip, and perhaps certain camera sensors, and add the “Google sauce” – five years of fast and smooth Android OS updates and Pixel camera processing (beloved by many), to make a one-of-a-kind device that will finally give Android fans Samsung-level hardware with Google-level software magic! In a way, Google is trying to partner with Samsung to offer you a Samsung-powered flagship, which might end up being better than Samsung’s own flagships! It’s a Galaxy in disguise… and a good one! If a year ago, when the mid-range-like Pixel 5 came out, someone told you that next year Google would make a true flagship phone with some of the best components available, would you’ve believed it? I don’t think so…

 

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