- Sep 6, 2012
LOL sure as in the team the Globetrotter's play every game is a competitor
Not unless they dramatically makeover their sales strategy. To have even a remote chance, they need a significant retail presence and heavy marketing, 2 aspects missing from all past Nexus releases. So unless they plan on partnering with carriers in a big way , there is no chance this will happen. Samsung has only done so by selling their soul to the US carriers over many years. Having a little kiosk in Best Buy won't make a damn difference---they need to be everywhere. And sadly, that means front and center at all US carriers.
Thanks for the troll post.
This has the potential to be what android users have always wanted. It will take time, but it could become a real contender. Google is a powerful and has deep, deep pockets.
Exactly. I kind of thought this was coming when Google became Alphabet. Combine that with Samsung constantly trying to move away from android, or google services, it makes sense.This is the key...it's going to take a big investment (money AND time) by Google to make this happen. All too often, Google lets stuff just die on the vine. This cannot be one of those cases.
It's not a troll post, it is a realistic post
I'm sure they have all the talent in the world to do that.My comment has always been the same about the Nexus phones. Google has the cash and engineering team to put together a top of the line nerds wetdream stock Android phone.
As Jordan used to say "Just do it"
They got very close with last years 6P, as far as a well designed, higher end phone, but sold for a more budget price. Imagine if the 6P instead of being at the $499 price point, was instead at the Galaxy or iPhone pricing, meaning the phone was just as high end as those. The Pixel phone would be a no brainer to buy.
But I'm the wrong guy to discuss this, I love my Nexus 6P, and for a 2015 phone, I'd take the 6P last year over the iPhone 6S Plus or Galaxy Note 5 all day long, and twice on Sunday, and it's not because of pricing, but I just find the 6P the best phablet period of 2015. Now imagine if the 6P did cost a little more, but then also had better camera, and better screen for the increased price. Who the hell wouldn't want that phone over the competition ?
I'm sure they have all the talent in the world to do that.
However, as far as the business model of Android goes Google going vertical may seriously tick off some of their partners and if Google doesn't have some immediate massive success they may cut off their entire mobile search revenue while their bread and butter (desktop search) continues it's precipitous decline.
Business-wise this may be a risky move.
I'm not saying any of the OEM partners have the ability to turn on a dime, but if this new initiative from Google doesn't fail spectacularly then I'd imagine that Tizen is going to get one hell of a push to be developed over the next 3 or so years.But where are their OEM partners going to go if they decide to not use Android? Only Samsung has a feasible option with Tizen and even then, they're leaving the Google Play store behind. Everyone else would fall into obscurity if they decided to forgo using Android. It would be the equivalent of Dell saying 'screw you' to Windows and putting Linux on all their PCs.
Google now has the leverage and likely seeks to get some of the benefits Apple sees by having complete vertical control. That's a way to help diversify their revenue away from so heavily relying on ads and search.
Google will, of course, fail in most meaningful metrics (i.e., sales, media attention, ad visibility). But the fact that it seems like they're going to try is reason enough for excitement, even if the phones don't completely blow us away.
Now that the iPhone 7/Plus have caught up to Samsung in terms of camera, it makes the camera all the more important to nail on the Pixel phones. If the camera can't compete out of the gate with the likes of Samsung and Apple, then this device stands zero chance at "competing."