Google, We Have a Pixel Problem (Premium)

It's like watching a horror movie that unfolds in slow motion. Google's second-generation Pixel smartphones, unveiled just two short weeks ago, are already the subject of an incredible number of complaints and concerns. What the hell is happening?

To be clear, it's not just Google. Let's call this malaise Samsungitis, named after last year's disastrous Note 7 launch. Consider the following.

In May, Andy Rubin's Essential announced its first handset, the PH-1. It was promised in a few months, was delayed at least twice, and then shipped to lackluster reviews, especially for the camera, and it allegedly has sold very poorly. So poorly that the company just dropped the price by $200, to $499, a far more reasonable price for an unproven device and company. But there are now questi...

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