Opinion post by
Dhruv Bhutani

Before the Pixel series hit the market, there was the Nexus. Initially conceived as an affordable platform for developers, the Nexus lineup morphed over the years into Google’s vision of what Android phones should be. The series also created a community that voraciously championed the cause of the Android platform — an open ecosystem and devices that were truly your own.

However, the last of the lineup, the Nexus 6P, wasn’t quite that device. It’s been seven years since the Nexus 6P launched, and for all its hits and misses, it has left an unmistakable imprint on the future of Google’s smartphone ambitions.