If you haven’t heard about it yet, Google just announced their new line of phones: the Pixel and Pixel XL. These are officially replacing their current Nexus branding and seems to be a way for Google to push more into the consumer market, rather than the very niche area they find themselves in today. That isn’t everything when it comes to the
new phones. Along with a new name and specs, they come with a new launcher: The Pixel Launcher.
That’s where things seem to go down-hill fast. According to a new report from Android Police, the new launcher will be exclusive to the new Pixel Lineup, at least for the time being. I understand this as a push to give everyone a nice incentive to switch to the newly Google branded phones, but what does this mean for current Nexus owners? As a Nexus 6P owner myself, it feels Google left us a little in the dust.
The entire point of a Nexus phone has been to always stay current with Google’s latest OS updates. I do understand that a launcher is NOT an operating system by any means, but it still doesn’t taste right if you ask me. Sure, they’re pushing their new product, but seeing as how most Nexus users are made primarily of us geeks, they should know we’d probably move to the latest and greatest for purely hardware reasons. It just seems Google has forgotten their current customers while reaching for new ones.
What do you think about the new Pixel phones? Are you a current Nexus owner and feel a little betrayed, or is Google making a wise decision? Let my know down in the comments.