Google Pixel 2 set to feature HTC squeeze control

Posted August 16, 2017

Just like the HTC U11, it will feature the squeezable frame feature, also known as Active Edge on the Pixel 2.

For now, it is not clear when Google plans to unveil the next-gen Pixel, but maybe we will see it on display at the IFA trade show in Berlin next month.

The Google Pixel 2 has received certification from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. The rumor mill has been claiming that even though the Google Pixel 2 will be assembled by HTC, it will be sold as a Google product.

There's going to be two Pixel phones, one smaller, one larger with the smaller one being made by HTC but it's not confirmed who will be making the larger one. This is expected to work in the same way as the Edge Sense does for the HTC U11.

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This is pretty interesting considering the fact that Android O's final Developer Preview 4 is still on 8.0.0, suggesting that the Pixel 2 will be ahead of the pack at launch itself.

The screenshots show the new Android O Settings app and reveals that it is running 8.0.1 with an August security patch.

In the above screenshot, the description for "Languages, input & gestures" in System settings is "Active Edge on, squeeze for your assistant". Keep in mind that this is the regular sized Pixel 2 smartphone and not the Pixel XL 2 - which is expected to be manufactured by LG. The phone was previously reported to be the first device to run on the Snapdragon 836 SoC which is likely to be announced in the weeks to follow, possibly at the IFA 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Unfortunately, all at the expense of 3.5mm headphone jack. Other intriguing tidbits include 64GB of storage, double last year's 32GB minimum capacity. Honestly, this depends on which side of the table you are seated. This means that this years' Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will also launch at the same time, which is early October. Fortunately, the thick bottom bezel is at least now home to a speaker grill for dual front-facing audio.