Google’s first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were unquestionably two of the best handsets released in 2016. They’re sleek, they’re powerful, and they run “pure” stock Android. While sales of the first “made by Google” smartphones weren’t big sellers compared to leading flagship smartphones, an extremely vocal minority of hardcore Android fans adored the Pixel duo. As great as they were — and still are — they were also undeniably iPhone ripoffs.
Google designed the phones in partnership with a company that has been known to copy an iPhone or two in the past, so it didn’t exactly come as a surprise that Google’s Pixel looked just like an iPhone 6 with a big glass panel slapped on the back. The company’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to be far less iPhoney than the originals though, and one Google fan has created some concepts that definitely don’t look anything like Apple’s iPhone lineup.
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