The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 is currently in the works and the two devices have just been filed with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and it reveals that the two handsets are expected to have a Squeezable Active Edge feature. We first saw this feature on the HTC U11 and we will be seeing it again on the two upcoming Google smartphones.
The squeezable feature is expected to launch the Google Assistant by default, however, there is no word as to if the function can be mapped to other applications. The Google Pixel 2 was listed with product ID NM8G011A and will have the latest Android 8.0.1 software running natively. Even Blass, a known tipster predicts that the smartphone might release on August 21st, which seems a little too far fetched.
The Edge sensors will work exactly like it does on the HTC U11 and is dubbed to be called ‘Active Edge’. The feature has been spotted in the new “Languages, input & gestures” setting. Another report by XDA Developers 9 has corroborated the rumour and claims that it would function similar to the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8.
According to XDA, one can also squeeze the frame to silence incoming which previously handled by the lock screen button. Having functionalities like a squeezable body is a logical move that manufacturers have to make in order to increase screen size and reduce bezels around the display. The new iPhone is expected to have a 3D face scanning feature to compensate for the big screen size whereas the Galaxy S8 opted to remove the home button entirely.
Squeezable frames would replace physical buttons and give the chassis extra room to accommodate the larger screen size. The feature is said to be inside the phone and it would also not take extra space or add any bumps.