Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Will Feature Squeezable Sides and No Headphone Jack

Google's second-generation Pixel smartphone will be made by HTC and feature "squeezable" sides to perform different functions, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday.

The filing essentially confirms that the Google Pixel 2 will borrow the squeezable frame from the HTC U11. Screenshots included in the document show the feature is to be called "Active Edge" and will launch Google Assistant by default. Other possible functions include turning on the flashlight, launching the camera, and taking a photo.

Leaked image of Pixel 2 from Evan Blass

The 4.97-inch device is expected to feature a 1080p display and stereo speakers, and will have an overall design similar to the original Pixel. The filing also suggests that the Pixel 2 will have a Snapdragon 835 or 836 chipset and 64GB storage capacity – although additional capacities are likely.

LG is said to be manufacturing the Google Pixel XL 2 and will put its own stamp on the larger handset by including a 6-inch AMOLED display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, but it's also likely that the XL 2 will share the same squeezable frame of the smaller device. Based on leaked images, both handsets are rumored to do away with the headphone jack, although this was not confirmed in the filing.

It's still not clear when Google's second-generation Pixel smartphones will be released, but the original version was unveiled in October of last year, so a fall release is likely. (The original Google Pixel FCC filing appeared exactly a year ago on Tuesday.) That would put Google's new phones in direct competition with the iPhone 8, which is expected to launch in September alongside iterative "S" cycle updates to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.



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27 weeks ago
No headphone jack. It's acceptable now that The Google is doing it.
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27 weeks ago

No headphone jack. It's acceptable now that The Google is doing it.


Still don't think it's acceptable regardless of who is doing it, tbh.
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27 weeks ago
Now that Google is doing it too, I wonder if we'll hear a bunch of courage jokes from android (and MR) users? :rolleyes:
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27 weeks ago
A pinch of courage he he
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27 weeks ago

Speaking about 3D Touch and Emails, I use it all the time to convert emails to PDF then share it to DevonThink (or any other app in the share sheet).

Speaking of 3D Touch, the killer function of it is the ability to move your cursor around a block of editable text so much faster than the tap and pray method.
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27 weeks ago
I didn’t think that was possible but Google managed to do that, it is even uglier than the original one.
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27 weeks ago

I've heard that 3dtouch is gimmicky, what about this?


If you have not experienced 3D Touch, you should try it. I use it all the time, and it's convenient for shortcutting applications to access what you want quicker. It also allows you to briefly view a photo, text or E-mail without opening the entire document. Its my favorite feature when it first launched on the iPhone 6s.
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27 weeks ago
The 180 degrees turn that The Verge is going to take on the headphone jack issue will be entertaining to watch.
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Still don't think it's acceptable regardless of who is doing it, tbh.


The point is getting weaker by the day. Once you go wireless you just won't come back, ever again.

Also, Pixel v1 had the worst DAC the world has ever witnessed, so better to ditch it altogether.
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27 weeks ago
It’s a minor point, but I get irked every time I see headphone jack when it should really be headphone port. Jack is the male end.
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27 weeks ago

Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Will Feature Squeezable Sides and No Headphone Jack

I never thought I'd have so much in common with a smartphone.

among them functions, stress relief?

My thoughts exactly ('//forums.macrumors.com/threads/upcoming-2017-google-pixel-xl-may-feature-squeezable-frame-for-activating-google-assistant.2056119/#post-24790614').
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