Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have finally seen the light of the day. With that said, tipsters had left very little to our imagination by leaking images of the new Pixels days before the official launch. And guess what, the leaked images turned out to be spot on. Nonetheless, the Pixel has more to do with the software and ultimate experience rather, than just the looks or spec sheets. So here’s a look at the top 7 features of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
1. Always-On Display
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with an OLED display. Naturally, the flagship smartphones now come with Always-On Display. It was one of the highly sought after features from the Pixel range. Apparently, both competitors of the previous Google Pixel, namely the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 came with this display technology. The Always-On Display in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL shows the date, time, notifications and other relevant information.
2. Now Playing
One of the cool new features in the Pixel 2 range is called Now Playing. It basically uses the phone’s microphone and Google Assistant to listen to the music in the background, and display artist information and track right on the bottom of the Always-On Display. Furthermore, you can tap on the information to play the track in either Google Music or YouTube. What’s more interesting is the fact that you don’t need to do anything to turn on Now Playing. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are always listening to the songs in the background. Creepy? Yes. But useful too!
3. Active Edge
The Google Assistant has always been on the highlighting features of the Pixel range. So, Google thought why not make it easy to trigger the Assistant. In comes the Active Edge. It basically allows you to launch the Google Assistant in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL by simply squeezing your smartphones from the edges. Apparently, Google is using a dedicated Active Edge sensor for activating this feature. You can also use the Active Edge features for other things like clicking a selfie and so on. It is by far one of the unique features of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
4. Google Lens
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is the first phone to come with Google Lens. For those unaware, Google Lens is the company’s take on smart camera apps from Samsung and Apple. Google Lens basically enables you to point find out relevant information about a place, text, numbers by simply pointing your rear camera at it. Now, when you spot the poster of an upcoming movie on the road simply fire Google Lens on your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to find out all related information including crew, cast, release date and trailer in a matter of seconds.
5. AR Stickers
Google has been working closely on developing its ARCore which is the company’s take on Augmented Reality for Android. The platform is already capable of numerous possibilities from incorporating Street View images for step by step training to helping you choose showroom furniture right in your living room. The latest addition to Google’s AR game is the introduction of AR stickers. It includes live emojis of food, cartoon characters and much more. Additionally, Google partners like Saturday Night Live, YouTube, the NBA, Stranger Things and Star Wars are developing their own AR stickers. Google implementation of AR stickers is line with Animoji’s that were introduced on the new iPhone X.
6. Fused Stabilization
Ever since dumping the Nexus lineup and debuting the new Pixel range, Google has shifted its focus to the camera department. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL had one of the best smartphone cameras last year with a DxOMark score of 89. This year, DxOMark has improved the ratings further to 98. Moreover, Google has worked on improving one of the most popular gripes in its first Pixel smartphones. The absence of OIS. Google had apparently made use of Gyroscope dependent EIS for stabilizing the footage shot on the Pixel and Pixel XL. However, with the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the company is now introducing Fused Stabilization. It basically uses both hardware dependent OIS and gyroscope dependent EIS for stabilizing the footage. This helps remove the artifacts that were found in the footage shot by its predecessors.
7. Motion Photo and Portrait Mode
Google has some value additions to the camera app of the new Pixels. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with features like Portrait Mode and Motion Photo. Both these features initially debuted on the iPhones, but Google seems to have tweaked them by introducing its own engineering expertise and AI-based machine learning capabilities. What’s more interesting is the fact that Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is capable of shooting in Portrait Mode despite lacking a secondary camera. On top of that, the Portrait Mode on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL works on both rear and front cameras. The Motion Photo, on the other hand, is Google’s take on iPhone’s Live Photos.