Pixel XL 2 to have Always-On ambient display with squeezable sides?
Additionally, it sounds as though the Pixel XL 2 will have a feature that activates certain functions and opens apps by squeezing the sides of the phone. This would be similar to the Edge Sense squeezable sides on the HTC U11. Considering that HTC built the original Pixel handsets and could manufacture the Pixel XL 2 or both 2017 Pixel units, this is not a wild pie-in-the-sky theory. With Edge Sense, HTC U11 users' decide what actions take place with both a long squeeze and a short squeeze of the handset's sides. Google might be planning on adding additional capabilities such as allowing the user to stop the ringing on incoming calls with a quick squeeze.
There is talk about the use of a darker default theme for the Pixel sequels. Such a theme was seen in early versions of the Android O Developer preview. And Google might introduce a new system font with the 2017 Pixel models. The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are both expected to be unveiled during the first week of October.