Google Leak Details Massive Pixel 2 Smartphones – Forbes
â€™s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are coming very soon. They are 2017â€™s last major smartphone releases and the two models are likely to meet very different reactions due to controversial design differences. And now we know a lot moreâ€¦
In a string of tweets Artem Russakovskiiâ€, founder of consistently reliable tech site Android Police, revealed new information about the Pixel 2 from a source who claims to have used the Verizon edition of the phone.
Here are the big takeaways:
No Dual Lens System – as was widely expected Russakovskiiâ€ says his source believes there will be no dual camera Pixel 2 to compete with the systems in the Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Pixel Portrait Mode – despite using a single camera, the Pixel 2 will introduce a version of Appleâ€™s Portrait Mode working entirely through software. Googleâ€™s image processing is class leading, so it would be a big scoop if it pulls this off.
Redesigned Pixel Launcher – this has been â€œcrazy redoneâ€ with the search bar moved below the dock and a â€œwhole new designâ€ for the Google home page. If true, this will be the biggest Launcher change in generations.
Automatic Song Detection – the Pixel 2 will automatically listen for music and display the artist and title on your lockscreen. This works anywhere, whether you are at home or in a coffee shop. It sounds both brilliant and creepy in equal measure.
Squeezable Assistant – Pixel 2 has pressure sensitive sides and squeezing them will launch the Google Assistant, even from the lockscreen. The squeeze intensity is adjustable.
Stereo Speakers – Google will bring back stereo external speakers as seen on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P before they were disappointingly dropped from the original Pixel and Pixel XL.
No Curved Glass – Unlike Samsungâ€™s Edge displays and even Appleâ€™s 2.5D displays (which curve at the edges), the Pixel 2 will have a completely flat display. Â
Goodbye Headphone Jack – Google will remove the headphone jack from the Pixel 2 in what is likely to be a highly controversial move (its inclusion in the original Pixel was lauded over the jack-less iPhone 7 in Googleâ€™s marketing).
It is worth noting none of this information relates to the Pixel 2 XL, though that is also expected to have dual stereo external speakers, a squeezable design and no headphone jack. Given most of the other features are software based, I would also expect them to carry over to the Pixel 2 XL, even though its physical design will be significantly different.
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