If history repeats itself, the Google Pixel may end up in the graveyard

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Looking past the ever-growing list of projects, products, and services being added to the Google Graveyard, it seems as though Google has finally hit its stride. At least when it comes to the smartphone, the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro almost feel as though they are completely different compared to their predecessors.

For years, we’ve seen, experienced, and heard all of the various problems that have plagued different Pixel devices. Making matters worse, the issues that some people had are wildly different than others, despite everyone using the same phone. Arguably the biggest example of this, or at least the one that caused the most headlines, was the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 7 Pro volume rocker falling off

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There wasn’t anything fundamentally wrong with the design, as it ushered in a new generation of Pixel phones. Instead, all of the problems were found with the “meat” of the Pixel’s glass and aluminum chassis. As my colleague Namerah points out in a recent Pixel 6 retrospective, of sorts, you’ll still find issues with the fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and so much more.