Google is reportedly working on a new Pixel 3 and this guide will take you through some reasons why you should, and maybe shouldn’t, wait for the company’s new flagship to arrive.
If you’re hunting for your next smartphone Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL should be near the top of your list. The company’s flagships are two of the best phones on the market and they’re worth a look if you’re thinking about going with an Android phone over Apple’s iPhone.
You’ll also want to dig into other alternatives like the OnePlus 5T, Huawei’s P20, the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and LG’s V30 before you commit to your next phone. You’ll also want to dig into the phones rumored to be coming in 2018.
Google Pixel 3 Rumors
The Pixel 3 rumor mill started churning at the end of last year thanks to a report from Droid-Life that outed potential codenames for the upcoming devices.
According to the report, one of the rumored Pixel 3 models is codenamed “crosshatch” while the others are potentially codenamed “albacore” and “blueline.”
Google’s two 2018 flagships, presumably Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, will reportedly be joined by a third device, a budget Pixel phone for emerging markets.
A report from the Economic Times claims that Google plans to launch the budget model this summer ahead of the iPhone 11 launch in September.
With Pixel 3 rumors picking up speed, those of you in the market for a new phone have a decision to make: Wait for the Pixel 3 or go with another device.
If you find yourself struggling with this decision, allow us to walk you through some reasons to, and not to, wait for Google’s rumored Pixel 3.
Wait for the Best Software Support
If you want the best version of Google's Android P software paired with the best software support, you should think about holding out for the Pixel 3.
Google's Android P update is currently in beta ahead of a wider release later this year. The new operating system doesn't come with an overhauled design, but it does come with an assortment of useful tweaks and enhancements.
The new Pixel 3 will almost certainly run Android P out of the box and there's a good chance it'll come with some exclusive features that 1) aren't included in the beta and 2) won't be available for other Android phones at launch.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL arrived with some exclusives including support for AR Stickers, Google Lens support, and a new built-in Pixel Launcher.
Google's Android 8.1 Oreo update brought some Pixel 2 features to older devices weeks after the devices launched.
If you want immediate access to Android P's best features, you should think about waiting for the Pixel 3 launch.
Google's Pixel 3 will also come with the best software support.
While you might be tempted to go with a cheaper device like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or an original Pixel, software support for those phones will end much sooner than support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3.
It's also worth noting that newer devices often get major software updates days, sometimes weeks, before older devices so you can expect the Pixel 3 to be first in line to milestone Android P updates.
If you plan on keeping your phone for several years and want to be first in line to major Android releases, you might want to hold out for the Pixel 3.