Google found huge success with the release of the original Pixel, a unique smartphone that changed up Android with some new features.
Recently it was reported that Google will be updating the Google Pixel with the release of the Google Pixel 2, which has already seen a few new rumours and leaks that provide us with an idea of what the device will be.
We have rounded all of them up with the following article, check it out.
Release date and price
We don’t know much about the release date and price of the rumoured Pixel 2, however, it has been reported that it will remain a premium device that is aimed towards the high-end market.
According to some rumours, the device will be released at some point in or around October 2017, a year after the release of the original Pixel device
Rumours have suggested that the Pixel 2 will probably have a higher price that than the original Pixel, which was launched at $649 for the Pixel and $769 for the Pixel Xl, however, the exact pricing is still up for debate.
This week, 9to5Google posted a report that claims that an internal Google document had suggested that the Pixel 2 won’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, that will probably be the biggest change, at least in the news, and could be the start of more manufacturers removing the jack.
But that’s not all that we have heard, it has also been claimed that the Pixel 2 will feature a waterproof body.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any more design details than that just yet.
HTC was contracted to build the original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone, and it seems as though they might have been contracted again for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, as according to a recent report, there are some system files in the HTC U11 that hint at the devices, however, this shouldn’t be relied upon.
We have also heard reports about another version of the Pixel 2, which has been reported with the codename ‘Taimen’, which follows Google’s record of codenaming projects with fishing related names. According to reports, this device will be bigger and better than the other two, which are reported with the codenames ‘walleye’ and ‘muskie’ for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL respectively.
Taimen has appeared on Geekbench with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, along with 4GB of RAM.
We can also presume that all of these will be running on Android O, at least Taimen was running that during the Geekbench test.
Interestingly, although reports have stated that HTC is manufacturing the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, other reports have suggested that LG will manufacture Taimen.
[Update] Today Android Police released a new report that not only showed us possibly the best look at the 2017 Pixel XL yet (pictured above), but also revealed some interesting details about the rumoured smartphone, including the report that it will feature a squeezable frame like the HTC U11.
In terms of hardware, rumours are slim, but it has been claimed that Google is currently testing Snapdragon 83X chipsets along with Intel chipsets for the smartphone.
9to5Google posted a report recently that claimed that the Pixel 2 devices will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is quite a massive change from Google and probably not a very marketable strategy.
Another report from XDA Developers, the codenamed Taimen version of the device will have a 5.99-inch 1440p display that has been designed and manufactured by LG, but will have a much smaller battery.
The report also states that it might have a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM.
Walleye will be the smaller of the two with much bigger bezels and a 4.97-inch FHD display. It is also said that Walleye will feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
Reports state that the design will resemble the original Pixel with two-tone glass and metal, however, according to reports the fingerprint scanner will not be on the top of the back this time around.
The software is a similar situation to the hardware of the Pixel 2 in terms of our knowledge of it right now, however, it is likely that it will feature the latest version of Android, which is reportedly Android O.
According to a recent report by XDA Developers, the new Pixel will feature and Always On display.
They say that they found a reference to this in the SystemUIGoogle.apk file within the Android O Developer Preview 3 release on a Google Pixel.It is claimed that this APK shows evidence of an always on display alongside a reference to Doze, which refers to one of Google’s internal terms for an ambient display according to the site.
Of course, this can’t be used, however, it may reveal that Google is testing it themselves.
The official stuff
Nothing official has been revealed just yet, and we don’t know when Google might make the smartphone updated, however, we will be sure to keep you updated when the official stuff comes, or when the non-official stuff comes.