Upcoming 2017 Google Pixel XL May Feature 'Squeezable' Frame for Activating Google Assistant

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google's second-generation Pixel XL could feature a squeezable body, a 6-inch AMOLED display, and thinner bezels, according to information and rendered images leaked today by Android Police.

    LG is said to be manufacturing the Google Pixel XL 2, which features a design that's curved like the original Google Pixel. It continues to offer a rear fingerprint sensor (now located in the aluminum portion of the device) and a large single-lens camera, eschewing the dual-lens camera trend.

    Rendering created by Android Police

    The XL version, which is the only version covered in the leak, offers a 6-inch LG-made display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, rounded corners, and a "minimal bezel." Design wise, it could look a little like Apple's rumored iPhone 8, which is also expected to have a longer design with much thinner side and top/bottom bezels. Current iPhone 8 leaks suggest Apple's device will have little to no bottom bezel and a smaller top bezel, however.

    Most notably, the 2017 Pixel XL is rumored to include a "squeezable" frame like the recently launched HTC U11. The technology will let Pixel users squeeze their handsets to activate Google Assistant "in various ways."

    In the HTC U11, the "Edge Sense" feature lets people use a squeeze gesture to activate pressure sensors that can turn on the flashlight, launch the camera, take a photo, or launch Google Assistant.

    It's not clear when Google's second-generation Pixel XL device will be released, but the original version was unveiled in October of 2016, so a fall release date could be planned. If that's the case, the Pixel XL will launch during the same time frame as the iPhone 8 and could be one of the device's main competitors along with the already-available Samsung Galaxy S8 and the yet-to-be announced rumored Galaxy Note 8.

    Article Link: Upcoming 2017 Google Pixel XL May Feature 'Squeezable' Frame for Activating Google Assistant
  2. sp3k0psv3t macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Not that useful really but cool progress.

    At least making an effort.

    Good job Google.
  3. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    If I were Google I'd focus on trying to put that finger print sensor underneath the glass as opposed to the back, like Apple are trying to do instead of adding gimmicks like this to their device...
  4. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    I was excited when the first Pixel was announced, but this...booooring!
  5. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    That would be nice for a flashlight.
  6. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    1. Dumbest smartphone feature I've seen in a long time.

    2. The first Pixel just recently hit the 1 million sold mark. This is not an iPhone or Samsung competitor.
  7. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    If they release an API for developers, expect the Play Store to get flooded with tons of digital versions of these things:

  8. NexusUser macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2016
    Back mounted finger print scanners are the best IMO, my phone is always turned on and unlocked as I pull it out of my pocket. I definitely can't say that with the awkward placement of the iPhone's scanner.

    I like the way the new Pixel is looking so far, but I don't understand the point of the squeeze sensor...
  9. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    More interested in how much improved their cameras are tbh. With their single camera beating out the iPhone 7 Plus's I can only imagine how good their dual camera will be.
  10. Swift macrumors 68000


    Feb 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
  11. mistasopz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    Who said they can't do both? I don't see why this pressure launcher would be gimmicky, sounds very useful.
  12. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Exactly. How is this not useful?

    You squeeze your phone to trigger the best virtual assistant on the market. I can see any number of instances where this would be the most convenient way to activate it.
  13. Sunshoopa macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2011
    I can see this being useful in ways. Hopefully you'd be able to customize it such as bringing up the multitasking screen and stuff like that.
  14. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    What's next? Bending, spitting or pissing on a phone to activate a feature? A stupid gimmick is a stupid gimmick.
  15. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    I don't buy phones I can't put a good strong wallet case on. That includes any phone with a fingerprint sensor on the back.
  16. Sunshoopa macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2011
    Eh, people said many things were a stupid gimmick that were new features and turned successful. At least it's not a feature that every phone has on the market. People said Retina screens were stupid, now look.
  17. xitongzou macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2013
    Don't judge it based on the sales. Of course they were never going to compete with Samsung or Apple. But it is a great phone, if you've ever used one. Very snappy, great camera.
  18. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Find me an iPhone 4 review that calls the Retina display stupid. I'll wait.
  19. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    It's only slightly less useful than Apple's 3D Touch.
  20. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    This and the next iPhone are going to be my biggest contenders. I cannot say whther this squeezable thing is exciting, but more screen and smaller footprint are up there. Stock Android (if I go android) is also a must.
  21. Sunshoopa macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2011
    You're right, I was thinking of Touch ID for how it reviewed not Retina. No idea how I got those two mixed up.
  22. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Not that useful but good job Google? If this was Apple everyone would be calling it a stupid gimmick like they did with 3D Touch.
  23. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015
    Anyone remember when phones would stop a video if you looked away, or when you could take 3D video of ping pong games?

    I guess I don't see how this is different than a point-based pressure actuator... you know, a button.
  24. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Honestly, I think the Google Pixel is the phone to watch out for. The first one is built well and has some really nice features. And ultimately, I think Google is going to be a contender in the long run, it's not going to just about Apple and Samsung anymore.
  25. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I am noticing people are doing that too lol. Well, not gimmick but calling this unexciting.

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