Google’s highly anticipated Pixel 2 series is now official. In a hope to achieve better sales numbers this time, the new phones are laden with premium features. You can squeeze — literally — to launch Google Assistant. Experience a 6-inch display in a smaller body thanks to the reduced bezels. However, under the midst of these, there are a ton of details you might have missed. Here are the major ones.
Google wants to make physical SIM cards obsolete in the future. The Pixel 2, as a result, support embedded SIMs. This will essentially allow you to connect to a carrier network with the tap of a button without having to fiddle with a SIM tray at all. Of course, the operator should be compatible here. For starters, this functionality works with the company’s own Project Fi service.
Three Year of Software Updates
Yes, you read that right. Instead of the usual two-year promise, Google says the Pixel 2 will receive platform updates for a whole three years putting it closer to the iPhone. However, it may be possible some features will be curtailed to achieve this. Google has been modifying Android’s underlying architecture for making it a whole lot modular as of late. I guess the only thing we can do right now is to wait for three years.
The Pixel launcher has been slightly revamped as well on the Pixel 2. The search widget is now located at the bottom for quick and left cumbersome access. In addition to that, there’s a new calendar and weather widget that will also show various other details like flight timings.
Always on Display and Music Recognition
The display on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL can be kept always-on for screening the essentials like the time and notifications. Furthermore, both the devices continuously listen to playing tracks and tell you whenever they recognize any. Neat.
Colored Power Button
One of the tiny design changes is the color of the power button. It’s now different depending on the variant. For instance, the power button flaunts an orange shade on the black and white Pixel 2 XL model.
Dual Pixel Technology
For offering Portrait Mode on both the front and rear camera sensors, Google is employing something called a Dual Pixel technology. In layman’s terms, it essentially means every pixel the phone captures is actually a pair of pixels. Along with better focus, the Pixel 2, therefore, has significantly more information to process and play with. On an iPhone, you get two pixels which are half an inch apart but the Pixel 2 benefits from two pixels which are less than a micron apart.
Another iPhone feature the new Pixel 2 borrows is called “Motion Shots”. Once turned on, the camera always records quick three-second movies with every single shot. Google has, additionally, added a layer of software processing that smoothes out any rough edges and developers a much coherent end result.
Lastly, the camera on the Pixel 2 comes with Augmented Reality stickers. These are basically virtual creatures you can superimpose and interact with while clicking pictures. Google has partnered with a bunch of production houses initially for bringing official content from popular shows like Stranger Things.
The Pixel 2, in addition to EIS, now utilize hardware-based Optical Image Stabilization as well for letting you record exceedingly stable clips. The camera makes use of both the technologies together to achieve this.
As you’d expect, the Pixel 2 supports the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard that has a better range and connectivity. The original Pixel is plagued with Bluetooth issues even after a year. Let’s see if things are any different this time.