Google Pixel reviews overall positive ahead of release

|By:, SA News Editor

While initial reviews of Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) Pixel device are mostly favorable ( "home run""first rate"), a broad theme to develop across the write-ups is the perception that the offering is mainly good relative to prior and existing Android smartphones.

Though consideration as "the best Android phone" is nonetheless positive, Google is hoping to not only challenge Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) with the Pixel, but compete with Apple (AAPL +0.5%) and position itself as a major player in the market where its products can be viewed as a top option across all ecosystems.

Still in the early stage of a hardware strategy redirection, Google will release the Pixel onto the market this Thursday with consumer reception, eventual sales figures and other factors to detail more comprehensive impact of the device in coming time.

Further reviews: Associated PressWall Street Journal, The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, WIRED, CNETEngadget, VentureBeat, Gizmodo