What you need to know
- Google is shipping out free swag to Pixel Superfans as a "small token of our appreciation."
- The exclusive merch references the recently released Pixel 6 Pro and Google Tensor SoC.
- US-based adults can request to join the Superfans for access to private events, groups, Q&As, and future swag.
Back in September, right before Google unveiled the Pixel 6, it opened up the Pixel Superfans program, promising private Q&As, direct feedback to the Google hardware team, and "occasional gifts" for whoever joined.
On Thursday, an Imgur post (spotted by 9to5Google) showed off one of those perks: a pair of multi-colored socks with the words "Google Pixel 6 Pro" inscribed on them, plus a shiny sticker depicting the Google Tensor SoC.
"Your feedback helps inform future feature drops and products, so we truly couldn't do this without you," reads the note accompanying the free swag.
This isn't the first perk that Google has afforded its superfans. Last year, some fans got free prints of deconstructed Pixels.
Pixel Superfans members also had the option to travel to the NYC Google Store on release day and grab a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro in person before anyone else, assuming they lived nearby. Given how quickly the new Pixels sold out on the Google Store, and how Pixel 6 Pro stock is already low, exclusive access to the best Android phones of 2021 was the real perk.
But the socks and sticker are a cute touch. It says that Google thinks they're the real Pixel 6 pros of the Android community.
When Pixel Superfans originally launched, it was invite-only; Google noted who bought Pixels most frequently from the Google Store. Now, you simply need to go to this form and enter your name and email.
It's too late to get these socks, but you'll undoubtedly get some Pixel 7 merch next fall. Maybe even another sticker based on the upcoming Tensor chip, codenamed Cloudripper.
For real Pixel Superfans
An accessory to the socks
The new Pixel 6 Pro goes above and beyond any Pixel phone before it. Alongside the Tensor chipset with powerful AI tools, you get a curved 120Hz LTPO QHD+ display, three rear cameras, and Android 12 out of the box.
Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.
I'd be careful with those socks. Judging by their track record with the pixel 6 so far, they'll likely catch fire spontaneously.
WOW, HOW IMPRESSIVE FROM A MULTI BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY. FYI, IF YOUR SOCKS HAVE LINES, GOOGLE WILL SEND OUT A FIX NEXT MONTH🤣
I heard they will have a green tint.
Not all Superfans get this gift. Made by Google says, "These were sent to Superfans who placed in the 2nd Tier of our Tech Talk Trivia!" Of course most Superfans couldn't get in to the virtual event; makes sense--probably used the same server farm as store.google.com
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