Google Pixel 6/7 series phones get Android 13/LineageOS 20 support

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One of the custom ROM initiatives that give outdated Android devices fresh life is LineageOS. The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series phones are now set in for LineageOS 20 built on Android 13.  Users of Google’s Pixel 6, Pixel 6a, and Pixel 7 line phones will be able to customize their devices. Many thanks to LineageOS 20, which is built on Android 13. As of right now, these products are still covered by Google’s long-term maintenance policy.  With the formal release of LineageOS 20 in January of this year, many updates were made. This includes the addition of the new photo app for aperture.  The default camera app is built using Google’s CameraX library. It offers a near-native camera app experience on many flagship Android phones eligible for the update.

Pixel 6 series

The Google Pixel 2 series received modification updates and new Android 13 features at the end of last month thanks to the modified ROM. With the release of Android 11, formal support for these devices expires in 2020. However, the unofficial LineageOS 20 continues its service life. The most recent LineageOS 20 version, in addition to these Google Pixel phones, was earlier optimized for the OnePlus 9R, Sony Xperia 5 II, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 Wi-Fi, and Redmi Note 9, among other devices.

Google will not make much money from the Pixel 7 Pro

In recent years, Google’s mobile phone brand has advanced significantly. The Nexus name wasn’t doing well at first, but the Pixel turned everything around. Every year, pixel phones got increasingly popular. Although income generally increases as the company does, this isn’t completely true of Google. The firm will undoubtedly make more money from the sales of Pixel phones, but Samsung will receive a larger share of the income.

Samsung supplies 51% of the parts used to make the Google Pixel 7 Pro, according to a study by Counterpoint on the device’s BoM (Bill of Material). Only 7% of the parts are produced by Google, and 5% are produced by Micron.

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Components used in the Google Pixel 7 Pro

The most costly part of the Google Pixel 7 Pro is its 6.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen. About 20% of the cost of this device is used for the display. Since Samsung is solely responsible for the display, most of the 20% goes to Samsung.

The ISOCELL GN1 sensor, which is also manufactured by Samsung, serves as the Google Pixel 7 Pro’s 50MP primary camera. The Pixel 7 contains more Samsung-branded parts than you might have expected. The LSI sensor, which controls the Periscope lens, is one of these parts. The front camera, the entire cellular network, the 5G baseband, transceivers, and sub-6GHz power sensors.

Counterpoint used a Pixel 7 Pro with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM for its study. Both Micron and Samsung are suppliers of this RAM. The 128GB capacity is also produced in South Korea, the nation where Samsung is based. But this was created by a separate business, SK Hynix.

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The largest winners are businesses like Skyworks and Murata in the radio frequency (RF) front-end component market. Tx module, one low-band PAMiD module, two UHB 5G PA combined modules, as well as other cellular and Wi-Fi options, are all handled by Skyworks. On the other side, Murata collaborates with Samsung to offer SAW filters and mmWave modules. ATL provided 5,000mAh battery power, however, Sunwoda electronics handle the packaging. While IDT provided the primary IC for wireless charging, NXP provided the main IC for rapid charging.

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Google Pixel 7 Pro production cost

The Google Pixel 7 Pro was produced at a total expense of $413, according to statistics from Counterpoint. However, the phone had an $899 launch price. Mathematically, it may appear that Google makes about $486 per unit, but this is untrue. Marketing, paying factory staff, ads, and many other things cost a lot of money. At the end of the day, only a tiny portion is earnings for Google. The cost has now decreased on Google shop. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is currently listed on Google’s webshop for $749.

Google Pixel 7 series is very fragile – use a protective case always

Google hasn’t really taken its cell phone company seriously over the years. But now that the Google Pixel 6 series’ new look has been widely embraced, the company is seriously focusing on the market. The Google Pixel 7 series essentially keeps the Pixel 6 series’ appearance. It does, however, have improvements in key areas. Recently, some users complained about the build quality of the Pixel 7 series on Reddit. Some Pixel 7 users complained that the rear camera glass on the fuselage’s back is brittle and easily breaks. While we would like to think that this is a unique case, it is not. There have been multiple cases of the back camera glass shattering with just a light touch. On the social media sites such as Twitter and the Reddit community, there have been a lot of user comments.

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Camera glass breaks easily

Heydon Faber, a user on the internet, tweeted: “Not even a month, no drops just regular use. Have a case on the phone. Been told it’s my problem. Is this really the quality control backed by google? It’s clearly a manufacturing defect, and I know I’m not the only one. Please fix this google”

Google Pixel 7

Netizen dalitortoise commented on the Reddit community: “I pulled my phone out of my pocket and the back camera glass was broken. I must have hit a corner while it was in my pocket. Has anyone else had this problem? I called around to the phone fixing stores and nobody has the replacement parts yet. Don’t really want to have to mail this phone in to have it fixed as it’s currently the only phone I have”.

On Reddit, a second Pixel 7 user also mentioned this issue, and an uBreakiFix shop said that the fix entails completely removing the backplane. The possible price tag for the fix is $200. Google finally consented to replace the device after the Pixel 7 user sent pictures of his gadget to the company.

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