Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL October 4 Launch Confirmed

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The Google Pixel 2 has been a subject of numerous rumors ever since the beginning of this year and now according to Google, the highly anticipated Android flagship might be unveiled on October 4, 2017.

The official Google page suggests that anyone who is ‘thinking about changing phones’ should ‘stay tuned for more on October 4’ and can also submit their email address to receive updates on the development for that day.

Earlier reports had suggested an October 5 launch date for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and a Snapdragon 836 chipset to power the device.

The latter claims were rubbished in a more recent report which suggests that there will never be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836. And now Google has confirmed that October 4 is going to be the big day this year.

Barring a few bugs, the Google Pixel arguably established itself as the best Android smartphone last year with unarguably the best picture quality from its primary camera.

It’s a no-brainer that Google will load their phone with the latest hardware available at the time of release and make the Pixel 2 a significant improvement over its predecessor.

The Google Pixel was missing an important feature — water resistance, which garnered some negative feedback from the users given its premium retail price — and since the Google Pixel 2 is supposed to address everything that went wrong with Google’s first homegrown flagship, the new device might be water resistant.

More so since both of its competitors, Apple and Samsung, released their devices flagship devices with waterproofing.

The rumour mills have been churning relentlessly and one other rumour doing the rounds is that the Google Pixel 2 might do away with the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

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 Google is still not ready to let go of the 3.5mm audio jack.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are also tipped to sport a bezel-less design — in-line with the trend — and might also come with squeezable features as seen on HTC U11. Reports also suggest that the Google Pixel 2’s dialler will get Google Duo integration.

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