The highly anticipated successor to Google Pixel and Pixel XL flagship devices from last year has gotten a thumbs-up from the FCC and is expected to hit the retail shelves in the next few months.
The FCC certification which was received on a filing by HTC has confirmed that the Taiwan-based mobile manufacturer will be making the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL device which will feature the same squeezable features as seen on HTC U11.
The squeezing functions, as seen on the HTC U11 will perform certain pre-programmed (but customisable) functions such as opening Google Assistant when you squeeze the Pixel 2 or launching the camera app.
Other than that, it has also been confirmed that both the Google Pixel variants will sport a similar rear panel design, the Pixel 2 will sport bigger bezels than the larger Pixel 2 XL device.
Corroborating with earlier reports, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices might not sport a headphone jack — like the HTC U11. Instead, they’re rumoured to feature two speakers on the front panel for a better audio playback.
While this is a possibility as the world is transitioning towards wireless audio tech — speakers and headsets, both — Google’s pot shot on Apple during their last year’s Pixel launch for not sporting a 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus might mean that the company is still not ready to let go off of the 3.5mm audio jack or maybe they are.
The upcoming Android O operating system is scheduled to release soon and in all likeliness, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices which will most likely launch the same time as last year in October will run on Android 8 out-of-the-box.