Google is responsible for much more than the internet’s most popular search engine. The Californian company produces a huge range of high quality technology, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, streaming devices, and smart home appliances, all designed with simplicity in mind.
If that’s not enough, Google’s mobile operating system, Android, runs on the vast majority of the smartphones we sell including Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Motorola, Sony, Alcatel, and of course, Google Pixel.
The Android operating system from Google is the most popular mobile OS in the world for a reason. It offers a truly fluid mobile experience, and gives you access to millions of amazing apps, films, games, and eBooks - all available to download from the Google Play Store.
The Google Photos app is great and available for both Android and iOS. Not only does it offer a place to store all your photos and videos, but it also lets you find specific memories in a flash. Simply type in whatever appears in your photos, like ‘dancing’, ‘dogs’, or ‘Paris’, for example, and it’ll quickly return exactly those things.
You’ve heard of Google, right? Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years or so, you’re probably aware of the internet’s most popular search engine - so popular that it’s now a verb. But Google is responsible for much, much more. The Californian tech giant produces a huge range of high-quality technology, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, streaming devices, and smart home appliances, all designed with simplicity in mind.
If that’s not enough, Google’s mobile operating system, Android, is the most popular mobile OS in the world. It offers a truly fluid mobile experience, and gives you access to millions of amazing apps, films, games, and eBooks - all available to download from the Google Play Store.
And then there’s all the apps and services from Google that we use every day. From Gmail for email, to Google Drive for cloud storage, to Google Maps for navigating the world - and finding the best sushi restaurant in your neighbourhood open now. There’s Google Photos for storing and sorting all your photos and videos, and Google Lens for image recognition. To help you with just about anything and everything, Google Assistant lives in all Android smartphones and Google smart tech. And maybe you’re reading this very webpage on Google Chrome.
With fingers in so many tech pies, Google is everywhere in our digital world, and its products and services integrate seamlessly with each other to make our lives easier, through technology.
But what about Google Pixel phones? How do they stack up against the competition? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that like pretty much everything it does, Google has succeeded where many others have failed. The Google Pixel series may not have the sales of the likes of Apple or Samsung but it has managed to carve out an 18% share of all Android sales in the UK (Q4 2022), and that’s no mean feat.
Google Pixel phones - now in their seventh generation - are consistently well reviewed and the brand has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best Android brands on the market. As you’d expect, Google phones have the best software support available - Android is also Google’s baby, after all. They have industry-leading cameras and regularly appear in lists of the best phones for photography. And importantly, Google mobile phones are very competitively priced compared to phones of a similar spec from Apple and Samsung.
Released in 2022, the latest Google mobile phones are the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Both models are powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chipset which really brings the ‘smart’ to its smartphones. The chip uses machine learning to bring features like live translation and direct translation in messaging apps, while also protecting your personal data and content from outside threats.
What separates the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the hardware and the price. The Pixel 7 Pro is the top-of-the-line - and more expensive - model. It has a 6.7in QHD+ OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, compared to the Pixel 7’s 6.3in FHD+ OLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate. The 7 has a dual rear camera system while the 7 Pro has an extra telephoto lens. The 7 Pro has a larger battery but both models have battery life of more than a day and fast, wireless charging.
The Google Pixel 6a - the lowest spec and cheapest of the current range - is a scaled down version of 2021’s flagship model, the Pixel 6. It retains the same processing power, so you can expect great performance and graphics. And with a vibrant 6.1in FHD+ OLED display and an accomplished 12.2MP dual lens camera that's capable of shooting incredibly-detailed 4K video, the Google Pixel 6a is one of the best phones you can get for its price.
To protect your new Google phone from bumps and scrapes, check out our range of Google Pixel phone cases, including Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a cases.
Android - Google’s mobile operating system - runs on the vast majority of smartphones on the market including Samsung, OPPO, Motorola, Alcatel, and of course, Google Pixel. But you might have noticed that it looks and performs differently on phones from different brands.
Pure Android - also known as stock or vanilla Android - is the OS as designed and developed by Google with nothing changed or redesigned by the phone manufacturer. Pure Android phones get faster security and software updates, and aren’t slowed down by third-party apps and bloatware. Unsurprisingly, Google Pixel phones offer the purest Android experience available on mobile. And other than that, there aren’t many Android phones with pure Android. Motorola, for example, puts a skin on top which has a few functional changes, while other brands fully customise the stock version.
At Carphone Warehouse, we have a huge range of Android phones to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a top-of-the-range flagship model from Google or Samsung, or a cheap Android phone, we’ll have a great deal on the best Android phone for you.