Google’s decision to kill the Nexus line and move forward with Pixel was met with a lot of skepticism. Many wndered why the company would kill off a product with such a high brand recall value in favour or something that wasn’t as much a stark departure from its predecessor. However, once the Pixel phones were out, the difference was immediately evident. While the Nexus devices were clearly mid-range phones, the Pixel is a far more premium device. Most importanty, the Pixel is a completely Google made product, unlike Nexus, which was always made in partnership with an OEM. Google launched the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL as the Android flagship, once again setting the benchmark for what Android devices should aspire to be.