I pulled the trigger on the 5" 64 gig Pixel 2 and the Google Home mini to replace my Amazon Echo Dot. They will ship around the 21st of October. I bought the phone unlocked to continue to use it with Straight Talk, but you can purchase it locked into Verizon's network as well. My Nvidia Shield had an update last week which added Google Home to the interface. While everything works fine, the 2015 Controller does not have an "always on" listening feature, as is the case with the 2017 controller. So I have to use the controller constantly if I want to use Google Assistant along with the Shield. Since the Google Home Mini us being released, I could still be hands-free like the Echo Dot, but now with Google Services. Both the controller and Mini are priced about the same. I don't have a dependency on Headphones and this phone does not come with a headphone jack. I never used it on any of my phones, so it's not a feature I will miss, but this to be a huge complaint, is a bit over-exaggerated IMO. I will be using my LG G5 for Android Auto in my Car, as was the case with my Nexus 5.