Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Will Feature Squeezable Sides and No Headphone Jack

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google's second-generation Pixel smartphone will be made by HTC and feature "squeezable" sides to perform different functions, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday.

    The filing essentially confirms that the Google Pixel 2 will borrow the squeezable frame from the HTC U11. Screenshots included in the document show the feature is to be called "Active Edge" and will launch Google Assistant by default. Other possible functions include turning on the flashlight, launching the camera, and taking a photo.

    Leaked image of Pixel 2 from Evan Blass

    The 4.97-inch device is expected to feature a 1080p display and stereo speakers, and will have an overall design similar to the original Pixel. The filing also suggests that the Pixel 2 will have a Snapdragon 835 or 836 chipset and 64GB storage capacity - although additional capacities are likely.

    LG is said to be manufacturing the Google Pixel XL 2 and will put its own stamp on the larger handset by including a 6-inch AMOLED display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, but it's also likely that the XL 2 will share the same squeezable frame of the smaller device. Based on leaked images, both handsets are rumored to do away with the headphone jack, although this was not confirmed in the filing.

    It's still not clear when Google's second-generation Pixel smartphones will be released, but the original version was unveiled in October of last year, so a fall release is likely. (The original Google Pixel FCC filing appeared exactly a year ago on Tuesday.) That would put Google's new phones in direct competition with the iPhone 8, which is expected to launch in September alongside iterative "S" cycle updates to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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  2. OtherJesus macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    No headphone jack. It's acceptable now that The Google is doing it.
  3. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
  4. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  5. Sunny1990, Aug 16, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Seems like Touch id will be on the back of the Phone again, Atleast Google should focus on trying to put the finger print sensor under the display instead of adding gimmicks like squeezable Sides.
  6. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    'Squeezable sides that perform various functions' sounds like a very fancy way of saying 'buttons' to me.
  7. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    Now that Google is doing it too, I wonder if we'll hear a bunch of courage jokes from android (and MR) users? :rolleyes:
  8. Chicane-UK macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2008
    Still don't think it's acceptable regardless of who is doing it, tbh.
  9. Relentless Power, Aug 16, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    What makes the squeezable sides a gimmick if you haven't tested it yet?
  10. nexu macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2017
    I've heard that 3dtouch is gimmicky, what about this?
  11. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Just what we Need! Right?

    (The future is.. flexible, sqeezable phone doing Yoga.. sigh)
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If you have not experienced 3D Touch, you should try it. I use it all the time, and it's convenient for shortcutting applications to access what you want quicker. It also allows you to briefly view a photo, text or E-mail without opening the entire document. Its my favorite feature when it first launched on the iPhone 6s.
  13. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    when you're about to drop the phone but you grip harder and then you accidentally trigger home.
  14. Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    It was my favorite..........Until they removed 3D app switcher from iOS 11 :( which was my favorite feature in iOS 10.
  15. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

    May 3, 2016
    That gesture never worked 80% of the time, anyway. I've found it more useful for jumping right into a specific Messages conversation and previewing web pages without having to browse, then browse back.
  16. Radeon85 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2012
    South Wales, UK
    It was my primary way of switching apps since the 6s launched and on my 7 Plus, for me it worked 100% of the time so I'm really disappointed it was removed.

    If they want it off by default fine, but they could at least add a toggle to turn it on again.
  17. firewire9000 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2015
    I didn’t think that was possible but Google managed to do that, it is even uglier than the original one.
  18. djcerla, Aug 16, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017

    djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    The 180 degrees turn that The Verge is going to take on the headphone jack issue will be entertaining to watch.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 16, 2017 ---
    The point is getting weaker by the day. Once you go wireless you just won't come back, ever again.

    Also, Pixel v1 had the worst DAC the world has ever witnessed, so better to ditch it altogether.
  19. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    Just seems like terrible ergonomics on a device that you touch the front 99% of the time. So I'm basically going to be getting a good thumb workout, switching from the front screen to the side, to squeeze it for... whatever reasons they thought were clever?
  20. iDento macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2011
    iCloud Servers
    Speaking about 3D Touch and Emails, I use it all the time to convert emails to PDF then share it to DevonThink (or any other app in the share sheet).
  21. Dbolander macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2014
    Speaking of 3D Touch, the killer function of it is the ability to move your cursor around a block of editable text so much faster than the tap and pray method.
  22. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

    May 3, 2016
    I could never get it to activate consistently, but to each their own. I do agree that if anything, they should have just switched it off by the fault and put a toggle in Settings. There's no good reason to just remove features for removing features sake.

    I do feel your pain. I was very disappointed when they removed sort by app from notifications in iOS 10. Instead of being able to mass clear an app's notifications, you either have to clear the whole day or clear one at a time. I still miss it.
  23. actionmarker macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010
    Considering practically very feature/function on any smartphone is a gimmick, why not this one too.
    If they could make it a different function depending on where the squeeze occurs it might be a useful gimmick. If they placed a row of buttons down each side which would essentially do the same thing, everyone would just laugh at them.
  24. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    It’s a minor point, but I get irked every time I see headphone jack when it should really be headphone port. Jack is the male end.
  25. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Ah, I never knew that.

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