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    August 16, 2017

    Google’s next Pixel is slated to bring Android 8.0, squeezable sides

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    A new FCC listing has revealed details surrounding Google’s Pixel 2 – highlighting the arrival of Android 8 and the presence of ‘Active Edge’ technology.

    Google released the initial Pixel and Pixel XL to much fanfare last year, and for months rumours have circulated around the company’s supposed development of a follow-up duo dubbed the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

    Now, a new FCC listing has seemingly revealed the Pixel 2 in earnest – a device that will, according to listed notes, will mark the arrival of Android 8.0 O.

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    The paperwork has at least outed one significant feature that the Pixel 2 will inherit: namely, a system dubbed ‘Active Edge’ wherein the rim of the smartphone will sport pressure sensors that can measure force –  for parity, one such similar system is already found on HTC’s U 11 in the form of Edge Sense.

    While Edge Sense serves as a way for users to quickly toggle hardware actions by specifying quick shortcuts that are triggered by varying levels of pressure, it remains unknown if Active Edge will serve an entirely different purpose aboard the Pixel 2, or whether it will be as configurable as Edge Sense.

    One such clue, however, resides in the fact that the FCC listing gives a glance into a System screenshot wherein the phrase “Active Edge on, squeeze for your Assistant” is found – confirming that the feature will be tied either in whole or in part to summoning Google Assistant when on the go.

    Screenshots have also revealed that the handset is expected to arrive with 64GB of base storage, and could be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC.  The handset – contrary to other 2017 flagships – is further anticipated to arrive with only a single-lens camera module in tow.

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