Google is likely to unveil its next-generation Pixel smartphones next month. While we have learned that the upcoming Pixel 2 handset could be manufactured by Taiwanese tech company, HTC, new reports have now added more substance to it.
According to a report from 9to5Google, an ‘APK teardown’ of Google app version 7.12 reveals references to the ‘Active Edge’ feature in the upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone. To remind, the ‘Active Edge’ was first introduced on HTC premium device, HTC U11. The ‘Edge Sense’ technology basically enables user to squeeze and perform certain actions such as launching camera app, Google Assistant, flashlight etc.
For those unaware, in ‘APK teardown’ a latest version of an Android application uploaded in Google Play Store is decompiled to analyse the code. 9to5Google explains that while decompiling app they were able to see various lines of code within that suggest the probable ‘future features’. The report however notes that these features uncovered in the code are based on interpretation and that it may or may not be rolled out by Google.
Coming to the “Active Edge”, the strings from the apk teardown mention about “Squeeze Your Assistant” indicating that users might be able to access Google Assistant on the upcoming Pixel devices by squeezing it just like on the HTC U11.
The Google app v7.12 also reveal quite a few references to a “Google Bar”. While it is not clear whether is a widget or quick search bar in notification, the reference does expose several options to customise the appearance of the bar including colour, shading and shape.
Various strings of the code also suggest that Google Assistant might get a refined podcast playback controls along with the ability to “continue last plated podcast” as well as “Playback preferences”. Another interesting feature revealed on the apk teardown is the ability to change the voice for Google Assistant. At present the voice-based assistant can be accessed with only one voice command, however this might change in the near future.
Apparently, the Internet search giant is due to reveal its next-generation flagship smartphones early in October. Alongside the Pixel 2 and XL 2, the company is also expected to launch Google Assistant powered headphones, a new convertible Chromebook Pixel laptop, and a smaller version of Google Home.