More Pixel 2 feats leak: always-on song recognition, new launcher, portrait camera mode
by Daniel Petrov / Sep 26, 2017, 4:17 AM
By now, we know most everything that is worth knowing about the upcoming Pixel 2 handsets - they could again be made by HTC and LG, will sport the latest Snapdragon chipset, 4GB RAM, 12 MP single cameras, and come in two-tone bodies. So far so good, sounds like a mere upgrade from last year's editions. The devil is in the details, though, and next week we might see the first "bezel-less" phone from Google, the Pixel 2 XL, which is said to be loosely based on the LG G6 or V30, depending on whose rumor you choose to believe.
New feature that listens to music all the timeMoreover, Google is ratcheting up the software part of things - after all, the Pixels are just vessels and showroom for its newest mobile operating system versions. According to an alleged Verizon source, the Pixel 2 that is coming next week, will sport always-on song recognition, similar to a feature offered by Shazam, and it will automatically display titles and albums on the lock screen. This will undoubtedly be a boon for music lovers, or simply for those who constantly miss recognizing random songs they hear on the car radio. The source also claims that Google will have the brand new Pixel launcher installed on the new phones that includes a redesigned home screen, and a search bar that has gone beneath the dock - no more stretching out for simple searches. We used said launcher a bit during the Google I/O, and can attest that it is a much better use of space than the current edition.
The rest of the rumors are hardware-related, as the Pixel 2 will reportedly have dual speakers, a flat cover glass instead of the trendy one with tapered sides, and will sport the "squeeze" functionality of the HTC U11, but some of these we've heard before. Apparently, the phones will also come with the all-important portrait and bokeh modes for the camera, though, given that they are expected to launch with single shooters, there might be software trickery involved. In any case, there is not much left to wait for gauging which one of these will come true, as Google will be announcing the two new Pixels next week.
source: Artem Russakovskii (Twitter)
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 2700 mAh
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Google just get rid of soft keys and replace them with swipe gestures like the iPhone X,Ubuntu touch & Sailfish OS.They are wasting space.
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 4:24 AM 2
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Not everyone likes that.
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 4:49 AM 18
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But no one will like that the now "super thick" dock. It would have been better to have a fixed, icon sized, Google button opposed to this implementation. This UI looks hideous. Hopefully it is an option, because I held off on the Note 8 for this...I know it is petty, but I hate that look.
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 5:00 AM 3
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That search bar is so gross right there. Too intrusive. Small slide off icon at the top left was way better .
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 4:55 AM 4
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Dude I'm with you. My guess is that they're thinking with the increasing screen size it would be a thumb stretch, but considering there is minimal bezel it won't be that much of a stretch. Atrocious design. This is probably the first time I ever said Google's UI was just plain ugly.
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 5:32 AM 2
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Always-on music recognition = RIP battery
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 5:21 AM 5
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Not necessarily. If it's not done by the CPU, but done using a dedicated block on the SoC, it will consume next to no battery. It's the same as always-on "OK google" or double tapping the display to wake it up, or lift to wake.
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 5:38 AM 1
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I always go with Nova Launcher. and the first thing I do is get rid of that search bar. From voice commands to Google Now page, it's easy enough for me to perform a simple search so that I don't have to occupy space on my home screen for a redundant feature.
posted on Sep 26, 2017, 8:05 AM 1
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