Before any product is typically released to the market in its current form, there is usually several rounds of designing and prototyping before finding a design that works. However the question many are probably curious about is how these designs might look like before they are released, and Google is happy to oblige.
In a post on Google’s Blog, it contains an interview with the company’s hardware design lead Ivy Ross in which she shares an image of early iterations of the Google Pixel 2 smartphone. The Pixel 2 is a pretty well-known device and a popular one, but as you can see in the image above, Google clearly went through several different designs before landing on the design we all know today.
For the most part it seems that the design language has been maintained through the different iterations, where they are keeping the split color design. However some of the phone’s do appear to be larger than the others, some are “taller”, some with different camera lens sizes, some with more rounded edges, and so on.
According to 9to5Google, it also seems that early iterations include swappable backplates, larger edges with a slender middle, monochrome rear with a fingerprint scanner in one of Google’s colors, and a monochrome back with Google’s colors featured around the edges, but it is clear that none of these came to pass.