Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 tipped to feature Always Listening “Music Recognition”, Portrait mode & more

Google's upcoming Pixel 2 & Pixel XL 2 said to feature front firing speakers, Apple iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode, squeeze to launch Google Assistant & more

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Highlights

    • Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 expected to launch on October 4
    • The smartphones are tipped to feature HTC’s Edge Sense technology
    • The handsets are said to have differential design language

Google is prepping to make its major smartphone launch this year. The upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 is set to be unveiled early in October, and while rumours and leaks are pouring in abundance, new report have now shed in light to some more aspects that might come packed-in on the next-generation Pixel handsets. According to XDA Developers, the Pixel 2 series might feature dual front stereo speakers, portrait mode in the Google camera app and a new Always on Ambient Display mode.

Additionally, Artem Russakovskii, the founder of Android Police have shared some information from source who is said to have spent some time with the Verizon Pixel 2. XDA Developers own sources further corroborating Android Police rumours have revealed some of the alleged features of the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2-

While rumours earlier suggested that the next-gen Pixel smartphones might carry dual lens system, Russakovskii sources says that it might not be implemented on the upcoming Google handsets.

Source: Droid Life
                                                                      Source: Droid Life

The smartphones might likely have the Portrait mode that was first introduced on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus last year. XDA explains that this feature will basically focus on the main person in frame and blur out the background to produce an image in vein of a live portrait. The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 might include a redesigned Pixel launcher, with the search bar moved right below the dock and a whole new design for the Google Home page. Another notable inclusion found by the tech publication is the new Music Recognition. XDA cites that according to settings page, this feature will automatically listen for music and display track artist and title on the device lock screen. While several reports earlier tipped the upcoming Pixel smartphones to implement HTC U11’s Active Sense technology, the new report corroborating this has suggested that Pixel 2 will have pressure sensitive sides and squeezing the bottom will launch Google Assistant.

The always-on Ambient display mode which according to XDA Developers is currently live on AOSP builds and are available on any smartphones running on Android 8.0 Oreo confirms that this feature will be available on the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones.

Apparently, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 might ditch the standard 3.5mm jack for headphones, according to major tech publication 9to5Google. Previous leak reports have suggested that two Pixel models might have different design language with one said to be manufactured by HTC while another by LG. The Google Pixel 2 is tipped to feature 4.99-inches display, while the Pixel 2 XL might likely sport a 5.99-inches Quad HD OLED display.