Google Pixel 2 is getting its own wireless ‘AirPods’ headphones & big camera

As the launch of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 nears, yet another leak has surfaced. This time the standard-size model, codenamed ‘Walleye’, makes an appearance in a series of heavily blurred images – or at least parts of it do..

Apple’s AirPods are a hugely successful product, one that Apple created partly as a remedy to its iPhone 7 headphone jack “problem”. Apple took the bulk of criticism for the new trend of headphone-jack-less smartphones, even though various other device makers removed the aging 3.5mm sound port at the same time.

Apple fixed the issue by providing iPhone 7 buyers a dongle as well as Lightning headphones for free, and by launching its own wireless headphones. Fast-forward a year later, and it looks like Google will launch its own headphones to fix a similar Pixel problem.

Google Pixel 2 will not have a 3.5mm port, many reports said, and a recent story revealed that code hidden in Google’s app for Android includes references to Bisto headphones, which appear to be made by Google. When tearing down a new version of the Google for Android app, Android Police discovered more revealing Bisto traces.

We were not sure whether the Bisto headphones were wired or wireless following the latest leak, though it made more sense for Google to focus on wireless headphones rather than wired ones.

According to report, the code in Google’s app that shows you’ll be able to see the battery level of the Bisto headphones in the app, each time they connect with your phone. That’s a very telling sign, as it confirms the headphones operate on batteries, which means we’re looking at wireless headphones.

The code also contains lines that reveal the Bisto headphones will work with Google Assistant, and feature various physical buttons to interact with the phone they’re paired with.

Earlier leak shows off one of the Google Pixel 2’s two front-facing speakers in the photo, a design reminiscent of the Google Nexus 6P. Looking at the back on the phone, the fingerprint sensor pokes through the blur, showcasing a grey color flanked by what looks to be black aluminum.

Up top, the camera is in a familiar location to today’s Pixel devices: offset to the right and stuck next to a flash on its left.

The big difference here is the sheer size of the sensor. It’s quite a bit larger, to the point that it’s protruding from the chassis and looks to mirror the overall shape of the fingerprint sensor. That, and the array of various sensors is now located beneath the flash.

According to this source, which 9to5Google claims is reputable, both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (codenamed Taimen) will ship with IP68 waterproofing, a highly desired feature that’s been mulled over in the rumor mill for some time.

One bit of disappointing news is that this source has also confirmed that both models will skip the 3.5mm headphone jack. Interestingly, they state that Google is currently devising “damage control” ideas as to how it can manage the inevitable fury of port purists when the Pixel 2 is announceed.

It’s possible that it might do this by including the rumored Google Assistant headphones in the box, or maybe it’ll double down on its commitment to high-quality wireless audio codecs – one of the big benefits coming with Android Oreo.

Each leak pieces the new Google Pixel 2 together a little more, and if the rumored October 5 launch date is true, we don’t have all that long to wait before we see these highly anticipated phones. Are you going to buy this phone? Let me know in comments.

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