“Data Transfer Tool” hit the Play Store last week with a screenshot of a phone that very much looks like the Pixel 2. Google may have accidentally given us our first official glimpse of the hotly-anticipated Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.
The California-based technology company this month rolled-out the latest version of its Data Transfer Tool app, which helps users switch from iPhone to Android handsets, to the Google Play Store. The Data Transfer Tool app includes an illustration of a smartphone that boasts a number of the rumored design changes expected to come to the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.
The illustrated smartphone appears to include dual front-facing speakers and a much slimmer bezel around the display, both rumored to be coming to the new Pixel range. Google has included a very similar button arrangement to the Pixel and Pixel XL on the illustrated phone within its app.
And the most damning evidence of all? Google has since removed the illustration and replaced it with a more generic version that cites Nexus hardware. Google Pixel 2 appears to be illustrated within the new Data Transfer Tool app. The Data Transfer Tool app (version 1.0.164103543) is pre-installed on every current-generation Google Pixel smartphone.
Elsewhere, Google is expected to debut an Always On display with its upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. This technology will look very different from the ambient display feature available on current generation Pixel phones, sources have revealed.
Samsung has included Always On functionality on its flagship smartphones for a number of years, which allows users to quickly check the time, app notifications, and more, without having to wake the display. Google is expected to keep the same display sizes with its next-generation handsets, that is, five-inches for Pixel and 5.5 inches for XL.
The new Pixel models will also be IP68 dust and water resistant, it has been claimed.
The screenshots within the app have now reverted to the previous Nexus-like design
That brings the new Google smartphones in line with most other flagship smartphones launched this year – and addresses one of the criticisms levelled at the original Pixel.
And talking of following smartphone trends, Google looks set to ditch the 3.5mm headphone port in favor of USB Type-C headphones. Apple, HTC and Motorola have all debuted flagship handsets without the industry-standard audio port, and now Google looks set to follow suit. Like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus before it, Google will bundle a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle inside the box.
Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will both include front-facing stereo speakers. The new Pixel hardware is tipped to forgo Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in favor of Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) to improve low-light photographs and prevent shaky video footage.
Google Pixel 2 range will be available with an entry-level 64GB model – up from 32GB of storage last year. Google will also sell a 128GB option for those that need more internal storage.