Google wants to help you pick your next phone with new online tool

Google has launched a new website aimed at helping people pick out a new Android device. The page asks you to answer a few questions about how you plan to use your device, and then uses that information to make a suggestion.

The process is fairly straight-forward. First, Google will ask what you plan to use your device for, offering 12 options consisting of such things as taking photos, social media, or staying fit (don't worry, you can choose more than one). After each selection, you'll be taken through some questions for that specific task. For example, when I chose "listening to music," Google then asked me how many hours per day I planned on listening, and on speakers or through headphones. After selecting at least three interests, you can then choose which carrier you plan to go with (though this step is optional). Finally, Google will offer up suggestions on which phones you may be interested in, with side-by-side comparisons of each spec sheet.

Overall, the tool is pretty neat. While it may not be quite as effective or necessary for the tech savvy customer, it could be useful for those who just want some help finding something that will fit their needs.

Source: Google

  • Nokia 8210! Google is your friend
  • According to this tool I should get the S6 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I chose every option with the highest usage and off carrier just to see what the #1 all purpose phone according to Google is, and somewhat to my surprise, and yet not really much of a surprise at all, the #1 result is the HTC One M9!
    (Though oddly enough, even though I selected a fingerprint scanner as a priority, the one M9 was still chosen, and we all know it doesn't have a fingerprint scanner) Posted from my HTC One M9 via Android Central App
  • (or a very good camera) zing!
  • lol, software wise nope. But hardware wise when using RAW image formats, the quality is pretty top notch. The newest update according to early European reviewers looks promising, but its still has a few issues in the software to fix apparently, which is very disappointing. Posted from my HTC One M9 via Android Central App
  • The one in China will. the + Dude. What if the word "NEWS" on the AC widget actually linked to the news page? #nopecuzthatwouldbecrazy.
  • I was told to get the S6, S6 Edge or Note 4: I have the GS6 and had the Note 4. Posted via Gold 64GB Galaxy S6
  • I'd say this is pretty accurate! Told me to get the S6 (My current phone). Another option was the Note 4 (my previous phone). Not bad, Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • S6 , Note 4 and G4 . Ok Google, give me money.
  • Same here. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Man I'm trying to figure out how I didn't get the G4 as a suggestion. I got the S6/edge, M9 and Note 4. Also I'm on T-Mobile and love my Xperia Z3. Sad that it wasn't a suggestion either.
  • Somehow I got what you did except I got the g3 Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • Just tried this. It recommended the G4, Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 to me which are basically my top pics of what is available now. Based on this I would say it works pretty well. Although there probably should just be a 'what size do you prefer' option. Posted via Android Central App
  • There is. When they show you your results. It's by the top
  • I got Note 4, S6, or G4. Just got my G4 in the mail a week ago. Note 4 was my second choice. Posted via the Android Central App
  • pretty close!
  • Nexus 6 > Note 4 > LG G4
  • Anyone else feel like this pushes a lot of HTC phones? Even when it shouldn't? (Camera a priority)
  • I didn't care about selfies which makes the Desire Eye an interesting choice..... Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 via Android Central App
  • Somebody above said that it only uses the hardware of the camera, not the software, which I believe is the real problem with HTC's cameras (and that can be changed by getting a camera app on the Play Store)
  • Got 0 suggestions for High Tech Computer. Dude. What if the word "NEWS" on the AC widget actually linked to the news page? #nopecuzthatwouldbecrazy.
  • I limited it to medium phones and i got a 2013 Moto X, not the 2014... huh.
  • Errr
  • Needs work. It's all usage-based (i.e, 'What do you want to DO with it?'). There's nothing about things like screen size, removable battery, wireless charging, or anything like that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They have screen size at the end, above where they show you the results
    They don't have removable battery or wireless charging but have rapid charging (though they should add the other two)
  • Pretty accurate for me. HTC One M9, Nexus 6 and HTC Desire EYE.
    my current phone is a HTC One M8, so dual front facing speakers is a must. i will wait till the end of the year to see all the releases.
  • I got Samsung Galaxy S4 as #1, HTC One M9 as #2, and Note Edge as #3. My current phone is a Galaxy S5 and my next phone will be a Nexus 6 for sure, unless a better Nexus or Motorola device comes out. I love the Nexus 6 design and screen size. Via US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S5
  • It recommended the htc one M9 nexus 6 and Galaxy s6/s6 edge for me. Not a fan of TouchWiz but have been thinking about the other two. Posted from my Sony xperia z3v
  • Mine said that I would like the Nexus 5 (2015).
  • GS6, G4, Note 4. On paper I guess, I just wish GPEs were a thing still. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It told me to get the S6, M9 or G4...pretty much all of the new flagships. How's it predicting if it throws in all the options? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Huh, how did I get Jolla. j/k
  • If it says Nexus, it's for me. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • LG G4, Nexus 6, HTC Desire Eye. Interesting choices..... Not altogether off either. LG needs sell me one directly, carrier unlocked, to grab me though. Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 via Android Central App
  • I just just took the test. It picked the Nexus 6 which is right on the money because I own a Nexus 6. Go to the Nexus 6 community on Google+ to see my results. This is awesome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just did it and got options for M9, Nexus 6 and M8. It's not far off considering I have a Nexus 6 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Very cool Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought google is going to help with your payment.
  • What the what?!? It said iPhone 6 for me... Posted via the Android Central App
  • After finishing 2 times, the choices were the S6, G4 and N6. The second time was S6, M9 and N6 I currently have the N6
  • Wow, it told me the One M9, Nexus 6, and GS6/6 Edge. My primary phone is my N6, and my backup is my One M8 (which I still love, but wish was larger). Have handled the GS6 Edge, and it was the first Samsung since the GS2 that I've been impressed with. Pretty damn accurate. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Note 4, S6, and G4. (I have a G2, and would pick the G4 out of those) Interesting that most people seem to be getting these same phones, or other high-end devices. I wonder what I would have to click for it to recommend a Desire 510 or Kyocera Hydro Vibe. lol.
  • In the middle of trying the website and it FROZE UP on me!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • N6, N4, G4 Dude. What if the word "NEWS" on the AC widget actually linked to the news page? #nopecuzthatwouldbecrazy.
  • One of the questions is "What features would help you on the go?" But none of the options were longer battery! Also no question asking me what size phone I want. There's no point recommending a 6" phone to me.
  • No help there then. No question about all day usage, just fast charging. I wonder if Google will use the searches to help decide their next nexus phone?
  • Galaxy S5, what? Posted via someone's Note 4
  • I got S6/edge, note 4 or G4. No thanks, think I will stick with my Nexus 5. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Obviously it wants me to get all the top of the line phones S6, G4 & Note 4; however, when I selected mid-price, it suggested G3 & S4, two phones I'm highly interested in.
  • I went thru the tool and it actually picked the phone I just switched to (LG G4), the phone I switched from (Nexus 6), and a phone I'd consider if I was on Verizon (Droid Turbo). Impressive! Posted via the Android Central App
  • HTC One M9, Nexus 6 & Note 4 I hate HTC phones, might do Samsung again, love my Nexus 4. Most likely I will buy the next Nexus 5+ or whatever they call it.
  • This is stupid. It should only ask 1 question.
    "do you want a phone that runs stock android?" Yes. Done.
  • HTC one M9 and the S6 variants from Samsung. Was waiting to see a LG G4 in there. Especially when you select customisation it should be there. Sounds a bit like some companies dropped some money to have some ad space. Weird tho that the Nexus 6 isn't one of the options in my opinion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Absolute rubbish; HTC M9, Nexus 6, HTC GoldenEye face shooter, or whatever it's called. Couldn't find a section to choose screen size, which is quite important to a lot of people, and the mobile operators all seemed US based. Posted via Android Central App
  • I got the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and Nexus 6. Out of those three, I'd go with the LG G4, but in reality I'd hop with a Note 4!
  • Prioritizing music, web browsing, and gaming gave me the M9, Nexus 6, and the Eye.
  • The number one option was the phone i was browsing with. I was impressed. LG G4 Posted via the Android Central App
  • If Google/ASUS don't repair for free out bricked Nexus 7 i don't even get a new Tablet/Phone with Android
  • It suggested the Note 4, Note edge and I think the S6. That's pretty good. I wouldn't get an S6, due to the lack of micro SD and removable battery.
    I was hoping for a more substantial question base, or rather choices, like SD card, removable battery, unlocked bootloader, open OS. Serious stuff like that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hope this comes to the UK.