The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with a squeezable frame similar to HTC U11 dubbed ActiveEdge. While HTC allows one to customise the squeeze actions, Google has limited the feature to certain actions which include opening Google Assistant and silencing incoming calls.
Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 XL has a large display, one that uses an OLED display manufactured by LG. And reviews for the handset have revealed some issues.
After initially being unveiled earlier this month, the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the Google Home mini are now on sale in the United States and Canada.
Ever since the first Pixel 2 XL reviews hit the web, there has been a lot of chatter about the 6-inch POLED display of the device. The LG-sourced panel has been heavily criticised for its subpar performance compared to OLED panels sourced from Samsung.
Android users have long yearned for a dark theme for the OS but their requests have only felt on deaf ears so far. With the Pixel 2 and the new Google Launcher on it, Google does seem to have paid some attention to what its users have been asking for all these years.
The first batch of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reviews are out ahead of the smaller Pixel making its way into the hands of customers in the United States. While Google was in a rush to release the original Pixel on time, it had more time in hand to design and develop the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Pixel 2 Features Google’s First Custom Designed Chip Called Pixel Visual Core; Will Be Enabled with Android 8.1 Oreo Update
Google today announced that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with its first custom-designed ISP dubbed Pixel Visual Core. The company did not mention anything about this chip when it first unveiled the new Pixel handsets in early October and there is a good reason for that.
As if the lack of a headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was not already disappointing enough, Google also went ahead and priced the USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for the handsets at a steep $20. While the company will bundle one such adapter with the devices, most people are likely to lose them and hunt for replacement units soon after.
When Google demoed the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at its Made by Google event earlier this month, it also showed off the new Pixel launcher on these handsets in all its glory. The redesigned Pixel launcher moved the Google Search bar to the bottom of the device for easier accessibility and introduced a new calendar/clock widget at the top of the screen. While Google might have intended to keep this new Pixel launcher exclusive to the Pixel 2, the developers over at XDA felt otherwise.
When Google unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL last week, it made quite a bit of fuss about the camera performance of the devices. The company even demoed some camera shots taken from the handsets at the event that showed what the camera was capable of.