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Best Google Smartphones Which Will Make You Love Android

Google had purchased Android Inc. back in 2005 and released Android in 2007. The company also founded the Open Handset Alliance – a consortium of hardware, software and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. HTC Dream, the first Android smartphone, was launched back in 2008. Smartphone companies started to make their own custom UI on top of Android to differentiate their mobiles phones from other devices. Then, Google in partnership with brands, started manufacturing the ‘Nexus series’, which offered stock Android experience. Here, stock or vanilla Android means the exact version of Android OS made by Google with no additional features. Nexus One was the first Nexus smartphone launched back in 2010, which ran on Android 2.1 Eclair. So, we will take a look at the best Google smartphones here that offer stock Android experience.

First of all, take a quick look at all the versions of Android OS – Android 1.6 (Donut), Android 2.1 (Eclair), Android 2.2 (Froyo), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Android 4.4 (KitKat), Android 5.0 (Lollipop), Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and Android 7.0 (Nougat). The next version (Android 8.0) has not been named yet but it will start with O. The Google Nexus series were affordable stock Android smartphones but Google killed it. The company started the Pixel lineup of smartphones in 2016 with two premium phones. It will be very interesting to follow the future of Google smartphones. So without any further ado, let’s get started.

Best Google Smartphones available in India

These are the best Google Phones in the world (India)

1. Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL - Best Android 4GB RAM Smartphone 2017

Google Pixel XL, one of the smartphones under 50000, was unveiled in India back in October 2016. It is part of the first set of Pixel smartphones that come with ‘Google’ branding. It is one of the best Google smartphones in the market this year as it is powered by a Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz along with Adreno 530 GPU. There is 4GB RAM for multitasking and we get a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD). The best part about the phone is its rear camera that has Auto HDR mode.

Check out the other specifications of the Google Pixel XL below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD display
  • 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB/128GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 7.1 Nougat OS
  • 12.3MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 3450mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Fast charging

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2. Google Pixel

Google Pixel - Best Small Android Smartphone in India

Google Pixel, a smartphone under 40000, was launched in India back in October 2016 along with the its elder brother, the Pixel XL. It is one of the small Google phones that comes with a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD) and pixel density of 441 PPI. Thus, the phone is ideal for consumers who are looking for small smartphones that come with flagship and premium features. The Google Pixel has a brilliant camera and can handle all the apps and games available on Google Play Store without breaking a sweat.

Find out the other features of the Google Pixel below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5-inch Full HD display
  • 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB/128GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 7.1 Nougat OS
  • 12.3MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 2770mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Fast Charging

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3. Google Nexus 6P

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Google Nexus 6P, one of the last Google smartphones from the ‘Nexus series’, was announced in India back in October 2015. The phone was made in association with Huawei. The body was made up of anodized aluminium and it had a great build quality. The phone currently runs on Android 7.1 Nougat OS and should be getting Android 8.0 O update when it comes out officially. Under the hood, there is a 3450mAh battery, which should easily give you up to one day of battery life with moderate to high usage. It supports 4G LTE out of the box.

Check out the other specifications of the Google Nexus 6P below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD display
  • 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 7.1 Nougat OS
  • 12.3MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 4G LTE
  • 3450mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Fast Charging

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4. Google Nexus 5X

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Google Nexus 5X, made in association with LG, was unveiled in India back in October 2015. It is one of the Google mobiles that felt very good in hands. It has a good build quality and is very compact. The Nexus 5X is powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and 2GB RAM. This is not top-notch for 2017 but the phone can run apps and games pretty smoothly. This is because of the high performance of stock Android that consumers crave for when they want a Google smartphone.

Find out about the other features of the Google Nexus 5X below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD display
  • 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 12.3MP rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 4G LTE
  • 2700mAh battery (non-removable)

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5. Google Nexus 6

Nexus 6 - One of the Best Google Smartphones

Google Nexus 6, one of the old Google smartphones, was launched in India back in December 2014. The phone was made in association with Motorola and was one of the best smartphones of that year. Since the phone came out with Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box, it was in great demand. Now, the phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat OS and the UI remains lag free. It has a massive 6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD) and thus users loved to watch videos and play games on this phone.

Check out the other specifications of the Google Nexus 6 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 6-inch Quad HD display
  • 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 2MP selfie camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 3220mAh battery (non-removable)

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6. Google Nexus 5

Nexus 5 - One of the Best Google Smartphones

Google Nexus 5, made in association with LG, was launched in India back in November 2013. It is the oldest Google smartphone in our list. We know it is too old for purchasing now but we just added it for the kicks as the Nexus 5 was a very successful smartphone and Google had sold a lot of units of the device for a good couple of years. Out of the box, it used to run on Android 4.4 KitKat OS but now you can get up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. There is no official Nougat update for the phone but you can install custom ROM.

Find out more about the Google Nexus 5 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 4.95-inch Full HD display
  • 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.3MP selfie camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 2300mAh battery (non-removable)

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7. Google Pixel XL 2

Google Pixel XL 2 - Concept Images

Google Pixel XL 2, one of the upcoming smartphones, will be unveiled globally and in India in October 2017. It will be the successor of the Pixel XL smartphone and might turn out to the one of the first smartphones in the world to be powered by the Snapdragon 836 processor. Being one of the Google smartphones, it will run on Android 8.0 O out of the box, whose official name is yet to be announced. The Pixel XL 2 might have a single primary camera according to the latest rumors but we still believe it might get a dual lens setup at the back.

Check out the other details of the Google Pixel XL 2 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 6-inch Quad HD display
  • 2.65GHz Snapdragon 836 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 8.0 O
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 3600mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Fast charging
  • Wireless charging

8. Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 - Upcoming 5G Mobile Phone

Google Pixel 2, one of the upcoming Google smartphones, will arrive in India and globally in October 2017. We are looking forward to the Google Pixel 2 as it will be one of the first smartphones in the world to run on Android 8.0 O OS. The phone is rumored to be powered by a Snapdragon 836 processor along with 4GB RAM. It will not have a bezel-less body with the Samsung Galaxy S8+ or LG G6 but the bezels will be considerably reduced in comparison to the Google Pixel smartphone. It is expected to pack in a 3000mAh battery under its hood.

Find out more about the Google Pixel 2 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5-inch Full HD display
  • 2.65GHz Snapdragon 836 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 8.0 O
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 3000mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Fast charging
  • Wireless charging

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This concludes our segment of best Google smartphones. These are the best phones from the house of Google available in India that will allow you to experience stock Android. If you’re not a fan of Android OS after using custom ROM from different smartphone manufacturers and start using a Google smartphone, there are high chances of you being converted into an Android fan. We hope you have liked this article. Do let us know if you want to us to write on any specific topic that we haven’t covered yet. Until next time, cheers!

About the author

Bibek Saha

He is the Co-Founder of BSU. A Tech enthusiast at heart, who loves to write long form articles. A certified foodie who won't give up Chicken for anything else in this world. A Manchester United fan, who loves to play Fifa when not in work mode.

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