HTC FCC Fil­ing Con­firms Google Pix­el 2 Will Have Squeez­able Features


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.

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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.

Google Pixel didn’t disappoint and mobile enthusiasts worldwide have high hopes for Google’s upcoming flagship devices which faces heavy competition from Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 and Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone 8.

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