I don't understand why the Android media has gone head over heels for the Pixel.
The S7/S7 Edge phones beat the corresponding Pixel/Pixel XL in several areas - bigger battery, SD slot, water resistance and, currently, lower price and arguably they look better. Oh, and they have wireless charging.
For the consumer, they're better phones. OK, so the Google phones get updates quicker but that's only a consideration for the geek crowd. Assistant is, I dunno, OK I guess but probably not a major consumer selling point. The unlimited photo storage might be nice if you take a lot of photos but other than that, what is the appeal?
Reading most of the Android media I see Samsung getting little attention - it's all about Pixels, OnePlus, even LG, more than Samsung.
To me, the Pixel felt rushed (probably due to Huawei dropping out late in the process and being replaced by HTC as the manufacturer) The design is nothing special and the specs aren't as good as many other current Android flagships that cost less.