Let me whisk you, for a moment, back to the days of late October 2015. Android 5.0 Lollipop had just landed, along with a shiny new slogan to celebrate the new operating system. “Be together. Not the same,” it read. It felt like a timely saying, not only for myself as a young college student in a new place but also for the wide variety of Android designs on the market.
After all, 2015 was the year of the ultra-customizable Motorola Moto G. It was also the first year that Samsung adopted a sleek metal and glass design for its Galaxy S6 flagship. More importantly, from a Google perspective, 2015 was the year of the Nexus 6P, the last pre-Pixel device.