FCC filing confirms the Pixel 2's squeezable sides

Google Pixel 2: Revealed in HTC FCC filing w/ Android 8.0.1, 'Active Edge' squeeze feature

Google Pixel 2 will have Edge Sensors like we saw in HTC U11, expect that they'll most likely be called "Active Edge" in the next-generation Google device.

A filing with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday revealed what is believed to be details of HTC and Google's Pixel smartphone successor, the small version of the Pixel lineup.

One of the features that HTC has introduced the smartphone world to is the squeezable frames. While not explained within the document, it's safe to assume that this is the Pixel version of the HTC U11's "Edge Sense" - a pressure-sensitive input embedded into the sides of HTC's top-end phone activated with a quick squeeze. Google revealed earlier that it is planning to launch Android 8.0, likely to be named "Oreo" in Q3 2017 to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and ecosystem, making its way immediately to users of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL devices first.


HTC launched the U11 flagship earlier this year, a phone that lacks the all-screen display that nearly every other Android flagship out there has. Google Pixel 2 will have the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is 50 percent stronger than its predecessor and provides up 80 percent survivability rate if dropped from a height of 5.2 feet, higher compared to the 3.3 feet height range of Gorilla Glass 4, according to Go Android.

Furthermore, the phone comes with the 8998 band, which hints at the Google Pixel 2 running the Snapdragon 835, or possibly a Snapdragon 836 processor. This means that this years' Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will also launch at the same time, which is early October. Things get even better though since Pixel 2 will be accompanied by the larger Pixel 2 XL variant. Let's hope that Google decides to use this feature because it will definitely give Pixel 2 an edge over its competition. Personally, I'd rather have a big screen than a squeezable frame.

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