Looks like Google's giving up on that idea.
Google's new phone, the "Pixel" has a starting price of $649.
Optioned up, it tops out at $860.
...and they're marketing it as a Verizon exclusive*.
...and they took away the headphone jack.
Triple-nope with a scoop of vanilla on top. This is not a phone that I'm interested in cross-shopping at those prices. The 32GB on the stock phone isn't sufficient for a decent music collection (no, I don't stream) and a decent set of apps at the same time. The 128GB upgrade jumps right to "overkill" and costs another $120 (which just ain't gonna fly).
Sorry, Google. I think you lost your touch on this one. I'm sure the hardware is wonderful, but I'm not dumb enough to drop that kind of dough on a phone.
*Yes, you can buy them unlocked online through Google, but marketing it as being tied to VZW is a major turnoff to anybody with a lick of sense in them.