Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are not waterproof because Google did not have ample time to integrate it. According to Pierce, a Reddit user, when he asked Google why these latest smartphones aren’t waterproof, the response was ‘We ran out of time.’
David Pierce said the development cycle of the Pixel and Pixel XL was short. It was approximately ‘nine months from design to launch. This is because Google had abandoned its original plans for the flagships back at the end of 2015.
While it is interesting that Google did not pursue waterproofing – like found on the latest flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 – the development of multi-million consumer products comes with tight deadlines which have to be met.
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Whether Google should be commended for its achievements with the Pixels or criticized for failing to them waterproof, I will leave you to decide for yourself.
The Pixels instead feature IP53 certification for water and dust resistance. This means that they can withstand water splashes but not submersion.
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