I get what you’re saying but I feel like there is a huge difference between absolute quality and consumer quality. I have no desire to be right, the reason for my current stated opinion is that Google does great in terms of absolute quality.
They fail to deliver up to market expectation.
They could make a phone 2–3x better than the pixel and still not count as a successful product.
Or they could snap out of it and deliver, as you say makretable AR on their own, again I am no guru :D