How Google's new Pixel phones compare to the latest iPhone and Android competition

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Google’s new Pixel phones are here. After years of overseeing reference Nexus devices running stock Android, Google is finally stepping into the smartphone fray to show what its vision of Android looks like. The Pixel and Pixel XL feature deep software integration to Google’s services, including Google Assistant, Daydream, and Google Photos. Unlike most current Android phones, it actually ships with the latest Android Nougat operating system and will continue to receive the latest OS and security updates.

The performance gap between smartphones is thinner than ever, and unique features have become more and more important than pure specifications as key differentiators between devices. When every major phone takes great photos, works fast, and runs the apps you use, it’s become tougher than ever to judge phones based on raw specifications alone. It’s too early to tell if Google's control over both hardware and software will lead to a superior smartphone.

Today's mobile market is an extremely competitive one, with stellar phones from Apple, Samsung, LG, and more all competing for the coveted spot in your pocket or bag. To help you make that decision, at least if you still think specs tell the story, here's how today's best phones compare to the Pixel and Pixel XL.

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