HTC-made Google Pixel 2 will let you squeeze to launch apps

With LG said to be making the larger Pixel 2 XL, expect a range of difference between the new Google flagships

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Google's Pixel 2 XL retains the dual-tone rear of the original

An FCC filing has confirmed that HTC will be manufacturing the Google Pixel 2. Though the Pixel 2 XL is most likely still being made by LG. It’s an interesting route Google is taking with the sequel to its much-loved Pixel launched last year. With two manufacturers involved, expect many differences across the board. We also know, thanks to previous image leaks, that the Pixel 2 XL will have a different screen altogether from the Pixel 2.

LG’s Pixel 2 XL will have less bezel and more screen as compared to HTC’s Pixel 2. On the flip side, HTC is likely to add dual front-facing speakers for a better audio experience. Expect no headphone jacks on either device. We’re slowly getting used to this fact.

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Large bezels allow for dual front-firing speakers on the Pixel 2

HTC’s Pixel 2 will borrow a very cool feature from its latest U11. The phone’s sides will be rigged with pressure sensors that allow you to squeeze the device to perform actions such as opening up the camera app, alongside other functions. Assuming it’s the same as the U11, the sensitivity of the squeeze will determine the action. The feature is being called Active Edge, and sample screenshots included in the FCC filing show that by default, a squeeze of your hand will activate Google Assistant. It’s a whole new world of settings for you to play with.

During the testing phase, the HTC-built phone can be seen running Android 8.0.1 with the most recent August security patch. Android 8.0 hasn’t yet been released or named, but it’s likely to get a name soon and arrive for the Pixel and compatible Nexus devices. We loved the Pixel and can’t wait for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. It’s even more exciting because we won’t just be treated to two of the same phones in different frames, but entirely different sets of features and functionalities.