Google Pixel 2 & XL 2: Latest News, Rumors, Price & Specs | Ambient Display Always On, Squeezing while Screen Off, Multiple Display Profiles

The Pixel and Pixel XL were highly anticipated devices, but ultimately they were primarily a first-generation, introductory release for Google, and though they weren’t wholly-spectacular, we regarded them a “foundational release“. What was and remains really exciting, however, is what can be built upon said foundations.

Not too long ago we reported on the hardware specifications of both the smaller and larger Pixel sequels coming this year. The larger “taimen” Pixel XL in particular will feature a 5.99-inch display with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, seemingly a consequence of LG’s recent investments in their display division to sate increasing OLED panel demand.

The device will also be coming with a Snapdragon 835 and will feature a similar two-tone glass and metal finish on the back, though we noted that the glass window is located near the top and that it no longer encloses the fingerprint scanner. A render provided by Android Police corroborated our report, closely matching the design information we supplied last month.

The device seemingly borrows inspiration not only from the Pixel XL, but also the LG G6 through the adoption of a taller display with minimal bezels.

Google is seemingly making the most of their efforts to secure a quality OLED panel by adding useful display functionality. The Pixel XL 2 will feature an “Always On” option in its display settings, allowing the phone’s screen to display useful information and notifications while the device is locked and idle.

We knew Google was working on such a feature, as last week XDA-Developer found mentions of a doze_always_on toggle in the O Developer Preview 3’s SystemUIGoogle.apk file (“doze” refers to Ambient Display in Android source code). Android Police had also reported that the Pixel XL would feature a squeezable frame, and we can corroborate this information as we’ve learned about its role in the phone’s user experience. Not unlike the HTC U11’s squeezable frame, you’ll be able to use the shortcut to launch Google Assistant when the screen is on or off.

You will also be able to adjust the squeezing intensity threshold so that you can find a comfortable level of pressure to trigger the shortcut. Google also plans on adding extra functionality to the pressure sensitive frame, such as the ability to silence incoming calls.

The sRGB mode we’ve been enjoying since Google’s later Nexus days will leave its secluded spot behind Developer Options, and moving to the normal Display settings. It will be accompanied by a “Vivid Colors” option, suggesting Google is focusing a bit more on display customization this time around.

The easter egg feature in the Android O build our source became familiar with involved an octopus in the ocean, which seems unrelated to the Android version name we eagerly await. The system UI’s color palette will go back to the darker default theme we saw in earlier O Developer previews;

it seems that the light theme set by default in Android O DP3 might have been a test or a mishap. When setting up the new Pixel XL 2, you are also taken to g.co/pixelphonetour (currently not working, obviously), and there might be a new system font as well.

OLD Report

GOOGLE’S Pixel 2 could be released later this year with the internet giant thought to be hard at work on the sequel to its first in-house flagship smartphone. And if the new handset looks anything like these concept images, it will likely sell-out in the blink of an eye.

The follow-up to the Pixel – the first smartphone to be designed and made by Google – is expected to debut a new industrial design, powerful new specs, and more.Not too much is known about the upcoming Google handset, but these beautiful new concept designs from Concept Creator show the potential of this next-generation Android handset.

Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh has already confirmed the existence of the upcoming device to Android Pit earlier this year.

“You can count on us to follow [the Pixel]. You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now,” he said.

Early reports around the project suggested Google would introduce three new handsets this year.

However, the latest whispers from inside the US search company suggest it’s sticking to just a Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. According to the latest report from XDA Developers, the Pixel 2 will ship with a similar 4.97-inch 1080p Full HD panel as the original model used.

Google will likely use an “almost identical” design for this model, too. As for its bigger brother, the Pixel XL 2 is rumoured to sport a larger 5.9-inch display with a 1440p OLED panel and “a smaller bezel than what we saw in the original Pixel XL”.

The California-based technology firm will purportedly keep the same two-tone design on the back of the phone, but the glass window will be smaller – covering the rear camera, but will not extend down to the fingerprint, like its predecessor.The latest whispers from 9to5Google claim the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will jettison the 3.5mm headphone port in favour of stereo speakers.Elsewhere, the next-generation Pixel will likely include IP68 water resistance – something that was missing from the original Pixel.The rear camera is expected to see a number of improvements this year. However, it sounds like Google plans to stick to the single camera lens, avoiding the growing trend to use dual camera set-ups.

OLD Report… July 7

When it comes to the smartphone market as a whole, there are really only two upcoming new smartphones on people’s minds. The first is the iPhone 8, which will be revealed in September and then released sometime after alongside new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models. Apple fans are starved for a new design after three consecutive years with nearly identical iPhone models, and the iPhone 8 is expected to deliver big time. Then we’ve got Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to take all of the Galaxy S8’s best features and improve upon them.

Among hardcore Android fans, however, there are two more smartphones that are being awaited even more eagerly. That’s right, Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are set to be released this fall, and they’re shaping up to be huge improvements over last year’s models. If they end up looking anything like the images you’ll see in this post, Google’s next-generation Pixel phones might also be among the hottest handsets of the year.

A leak back in early June shed a ton of light on the larger of Google’s two upcoming new Pixel 2 smartphones. According to benchmark test results that surfaced on GFXBench, the Pixel 2 XL will sport a 5.6-inch display with 2K resolution, a 2.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, and at least one 12-megapixel rear camera.

That all sounds pretty terrific, but what exactly will Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL look like? We can’t yet say for certain, and they phones may actually end up features designs that are quite different. The smaller Pixel 2 will reportedly look a lot like last year’s original Pixel phones, and it’ll be made by HTC. Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 2 XL will be made by LG, so it’ll likely feature a much different look and feel.

We can likely expect leaks to start rolling in over the next few weeks that shed some light on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s designs. In the meantime, the concept below was created by Jonas Daehnert for Yanko Design, and it very well may be the Pixel 2 of our dreams. It doesn’t have the all-display front side that’s all the rage in 2017, but we’re OK with that, especially since the sides have no bezels and that’s what really matters. Bezel-free sides make a phone as comfortable as possible in the hand, after all.

There are also some nifty design features you won’t see anywhere else, such as the nifty little LED notification lights that correspond with Google’s colors and are integrated into the phone’s edge. You’ll find a few images of Daehnert’s creation below, and the rest can be seen on the Yanko Design website.

OLD Report…

First Pixel and Pixel XL are both great devices and are the first handsets designed inside and out by Google. Manufactured by HTC, the two high-end smartphones feature terrific cameras, great build quality, and stock Android software that’s extremely popular among a lot of users.The Pixel and Pixel XL are definitely not perfect, having been criticized for their their generic design, high price tag, and lack of proper water resistance, among others. These are just a few of the issues that we hope Google will address with the upcoming Pixel generation.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at all the rumors we have heard so far regarding Google’s flagship smartphones. We’ll talk about the Google Pixel 2 release date, design, specs, and price, to give you a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming Pixel series.

Just keep in mind that these are just rumors for now, so do take them with a grain of salt. Google hasn’t confirmed – or denied – any of them and probably won’t share any specific details before the official reveal.

Google Pixel 2: How many devices will we see?

It was initially rumored that Google would, just like last year, take the wraps off two Pixel devices. The smaller of the two is codenamed Walleye, while the XL variant goes under the Muskie moniker. We then heard reports that the company is also working on a third device, dubbed Taimen, which is expected to be even larger than the Pixel XL.

However, it looks like Google has changed its mind and will in fact only release two smartphones this year. According to a report by Android Police, the tech giant has decided to cancel the Muskie device. This means that only Walleye and Taimen will be announced, with the former being the successor to the Pixel, while the latter will be a larger version of the Pixel XL.

But who will be responsible for manufacturing the upcoming Pixel generation? The first rumors claimed that Google has teamed up with HTC, which made the Pixel and Pixel XL last year. New rumors have now popped up online suggesting that the online search giant will actually be joining forces with LG, at least for the larger of the two devices. Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed yet, so things can still go either way.

Google Pixel 2: Release date

So far, we haven’t heard any rumors regarding the release date of the Pixel 2 series. However, we can get a good idea of when the two devices will be revealed by looking at the release date of their predecessors.

Google normally unveils its new devices in the fall. The Pixel and Pixel XL, for example, were announced in October and went on sale in the same month. Things will probably be more or less the same this year. The upcoming smartphones will likely go up for pre-order right after their reveal, with sales officially kicking off a few weeks later.

Google Pixel 2: Specs

Just like their predecessors, Walleye (Pixel 2) and Taimen (Pixel XL 2) will offer high-end specs. According to the latest rumors, the smaller of the two devices is expected to sport a 4.97-inch display with Full HD resolution. It will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and have 4 GB of RAM. When it comes to storage, a 64 GB version is mentioned, but we’ll likely see a larger option as well.

What’s interesting is that the Pixel 2 is said to feature two front-facing stereo speakers, which is more than a welcome addition. Unfortunately, it will come at the expense of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. This means you’ll have to plug in your headphones with the help of an adapter that will likely come included in the box. Just keep in mind that this hasn’t been confirmed yet and it’s quite possible that the rumor is false. Especially when considering that Google actually took a shot at Apple for the iPhone 7’s lack of the headphone jack in last year’s Pixel commercial.

Rumors also suggest that Google will not be following in the footsteps of LG, Huawei, OnePlus, and others in the camera department. This means that the Pixel 2 won’t have a dual-camera setup on the back. Other than that, the rumor mill has been pretty dry on this topic. Nevertheless, we do expect that the Pixel 2 will be equipped with a great camera, just like its predecessor. When reviewed, the main shooter on last year’s Pixel received the highest DxOMark rating at the time with a score of 89. Although it was later bumped down to second place, as the HTC U11 took the number one spot with a score of 90.

The Pixel XL 2 is also rumored to be water and dust resistant. It is expected to be either IP67 or IP68 rated, meaning it will survive being submerged in 1 to 1.5 meters of water for a period of 30 minutes. As a refresher, the current Pixel generation is only IP53 rated, which basically means it won’t die on you if it’s sprayed with water here and there, but definitely isn’t suitable for anything more than that.

The larger of the two devices, the Pixel XL 2, will be similar to its smaller brother in a lot of ways. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, have 4 GB of RAM, and sport the same camera. It will also be waterproof, but it won’t have two speakers on the front due of a different design — more on that later. Rumors claim that it will have 128 GB of storage, but just like with the Pixel 2, we’ll probably see at least one more additional storage option.

The biggest difference between the two Pixel devices will obviously be the screen size. The Pixel XL 2 is expected to sport a 5.99-inch QHD display, pushing the device into the phablet territory. For comparison, the display found on its predecessor measures 5.5-inches.

When it comes to software, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will run Android O, which will make its debut on the two devices. It might have a few unique features on board from the start that will set the smartphones apart from the competition. Last year, for example, Assistant was exclusive to the Pixel series for several months, but eventually made its way to other Android devices as well.

Google Pixel 2: Design

The design of the Pixel and Pixel XL wasn’t really received that well among consumers. There’s no denying that Google has played it safe, as the devices look quite generic, despite that little glass window on the back.

If you’re not a fan of the design, we have some bad news. The Google Pixel 2 will, according to the latest rumors, look quite similar to its predecessor, with a few minor differences. This means you can expect to see a metal body, somewhat large bezels with the two front-facing speakers already mentioned in the Pixel 2 specs section above, and the glass panel on the back. However, the glass will no longer surround the fingerprint reader, which will nevertheless still be located on the back of the device.

When it comes to the Pixel XL, things are a little bit different. The back of the device will likely look identical to that of its smaller brother, but the front will be quite different. Rumors suggest that the smartphone will feature small bezels around the screen, just like the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6.

This does make sense especially because the device is said to feature a large 5.99-inch display. By opting for a so-called bezel-less design, the Pixel XL will be a lot more compact when compared to other devices with the same screen size and will be a lot easier to use as well as carry around.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any images of the Pixel 2 or Pixel XL 2 so far, but a few concepts for the latter model have popped up online. You can check out one of them, which is based on the latest design rumors, below.

Google Pixel 2: Price

Last year’s Google Pixel series was far from affordable. The Pixel launched at $649 (32 GB) and $749 (128 GB), while the XL variant retailed for $769 (32 GB) and $869 (128 GB). We actually haven’t seen a permanent discount for the two devices yet, as both of them are still listed at that price on the Google Store.

Although we all hope that the upcoming smartphones will be more affordable, this likely won’t happen. Word on the street is that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will carry a premium price tag and will either cost the same or even more than their predecessors.

At this price point, Google will have a hard time competing on the market. It is believed that the tech giant sold one million units of the Pixel series so far, which might sound like a big number but actually isn’t really that impressive. Samsung, for example, sold five million Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus units after just 26 days of availability. And that’s despite having their initial release limited to a few key markets like South Korea and North America. Huawei is planning to sell a total of 10 million P10 and P10 Plus smartphones, while the LG G6 is also expected to outsell the Pixel generation by a wide margin.

In order to increase sales, the best thing for Google would be to lower prices, as that would make its upcoming smartphones a lot more competitive on the market. As already mentioned, that likely won’t happen, which means you’ll have to dig deep into your pocket in order to get the Pixel 2 or Pixel XL 2.

These are all the rumors we have come across so far regarding the Google Pixel 2 release date, specs, price, and features. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

OLD Report…..

Just the other day, we told you that system files on the HTC U11 revealed information about the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. These would be the sequels to the original Pixel and Pixel XL models. Today, XDA Developers revealed that it spoke with a source that claims to have had some hands-on time with at least one of the new models. Let’s start with the “Walleye,” which is the code name for the Pixel 2 unit.

According to the source referred to by XDA, the screen on the Pixel 2 (Walleye) will weigh in at 5-inches like the original, carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution screen. The Pixel 2 is said to look very much like the OG Pixel down to sporting the same size bezels. The Snapdragon 835 chipset is under the hood, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. While the 3.5mm headphone jack is going ‘bye-bye,’ there will be stereo speakers on the model.

XDA’s source says to expect a second, larger screened model codenamed Taimen to be the premium Pixel unit this year. This handset will feature an LG-made 6-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. Smaller bezels surround the display, and powering the unit is the Snapdragon 835 SoC. 4GB of RAM is inside, and there is 128GB of native storage offered. The back will still have the metal and glass seen on the original unit, but this time the glass won’t cover the fingerprint scanner. A single camera will be on back, and this model will have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

One last piece of information leaves us ready to rev up the Mystery Machine and round up Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang. The source says that on the larger Taimen model, the pre-production software used the name “Nexus Imprint” when referring to the fingerprint scanner. On the Walleye, the settings for the scanner called it “Pixel Imprint.” We’re not sure what that means, but we should find out when the new Pixels are unveiled as soon as September. Stay tuned!

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