Google Pixel 2 likely to include one of HTC's gimmicky features

By now all Nexus/Pixel fans know that one of Google's next flagship, namely the Pixel 2, will be manufactured by HTC. The reason might not be necessarily related to the numerous partnerships between the two companies, nor the recent rumor suggesting an inevitable acquisition of the Taiwanese smartphone business by the search giant.

HTC's latest flagship, the U11 benefits from one controversial feature that might or might not disappear in a year or so. It's called Squeeze and allows you to use the edges of the smartphone to execute various operations like zooming when Google Map and Photos apps are opened.

Some may see the squeeze gesture as a gimmicky feature, but Google seems to have been very pleased that HTC's innovation works brilliantly well with most of its apps.

Moreover, the squeeze gesture made Google so happy that it's willing to pay HTC to include it on the forthcoming Pixel 2 smartphone. This little detail was earlier revealed by a Google app teardown, which contains a few strings that point to the squeeze feature.

The latest beta version of Google app has been recently decompiled, thus making some lines of code visible to the non-tech savvy. Some of these lines suggest that Pixel 2 will use squeeze gestures that are now available on the HTC U11.

Well, that's one more feature to be excited for, right? Google is expected to reveal both the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 on October 4, but you can peruse everything we know about them in our comprehensive rumor review article.

source: 9to5Google

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1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

How about squeeze to take a pic in landscape mode? Or squeeze to wake screen? There are so many more useful ways to utilize the "squeeze" feature, I dont really think the manufacturers have fully utilized it yet

7. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

It is gimmicky until a certain company with a bitten apple does it ;)

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yeah! It's going to be premium feature 10 years from now.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If people think this feature is a gimmick, then 3D touch is even more of a gimmick.

8. Pabliell

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The most useful feature of this edge squeeze is breaking in half, because of soft frame. I'll pass.

17. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

"Squeeze to wake screen" has been a function in Japanese Sharp AQUOS phones back in 2013 in their IGZO bezeless phones.

2. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I wish if Pixel 2 XL will also be Manufactured by htc

21. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol I am so glad it's not. Now I don't have to do an RMA to get a perfect one for once.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

M' Lord! Don't "gimmick-ize" The Pixel, O' mighty Google. Google Phones were always about 'bare essentials' and I sure wish they stick to that 'plan'. Oh well, I'm not going to buy one anyway! I'm interested in iPhone 6S and I'm about to poach one soon! HeHe! G'Day!

4. Pukwudgie

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Stop with the "gimmicky" -- it isn't, it's very useful

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

If it's made by HTC, it's gimmicky. If it's made by other oems, there is a good reason for it. PA's logic.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

HTC never gets credit where they deserve it. That's the cold, sad reality of it all.

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True that.

22. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

To be fair, I rarely agree with PA, but HTC does suck. That's the sad reality of it.

9. vandroid

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

"Gimmicky" there's so much potential for that feature it's a long way from being a gimmick.

10. SailfishOS

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Its not a gimmick if its useful... Get over yourself author of this post

11. fastfreddy123

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

phonearena has been biased since the first iphone appeared. as some others have stated its only gimicky if its not an iphone trick. id trust mkhbd and erica the technology nerd and flossy carter before id trust phonearena. they all say they would put the HTC 11 In there top 5 phones. htc sense can be very useful as flossy uses it to open the flashlight. erica uses it to open google voice and mkhbd uses it to open the flashlight. [Though hes more of an iphone pixel guy] the pixel 2 will be even more impressive then the already impressive htc u11. If google buys htc which it certainly looks like.] if they dont sell it off like they did motorola] htc or whatever they decide to call could become a very powerful brand in the cell phone biz

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How is this news? This exact story broke a month ago. In fact there's already been articles about it here on PA. From August 25th: And a second article from August 15th: It's bad enough when they run articles on the same subject on the same day, but a month later? The author mentions it was found out through a app teardown, but the article treats this like it's scarcely known or new info.

14. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

"Gimmicky" I wonder how many more words iPhonearena has in it's dictionary of snide jabs? :D

15. sockergris

Posts: 58; Member since: May 13, 2017

I thought it was a gimmick too at first, but everyone who has the phone, says it's actually pretty useful, so I guess it's not a gimmick? Also, squeeze for Google Assistant incoming.

16. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Do we need your opinion on news items? How about: iPhone 7's fake home button, iPhone X's ugly notch and sole reliance on face recognition, removal of headphone jack - those are not gimmicks?

19. mlboog

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 19, 2017

Base on PA standards, they are not gimmicks, instead they praising them.

20. xxCearxx

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

iPhonearena logic= Is the feature on a phone with an apple on the back? Anwser: NO. Them it is gimmicky. Is the feature on a phone with an apple on the back? Anwser: YES. Them it is innovation, a necessary breakthroug cover by a really smart feature that nobody has ever though... IDK why I still come back and read articles from these iSheeps iPhonearena has writting articles. You sok iPhonearena... you used to be cool... what happend? $$$$$... oh I see...

23. AnnDroid

Posts: 92; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I'm looking forward to this feature. Assigning the squeeze gesture for each app will allow one-handed use of the phone.

24. dragon76

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 24, 2012


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