Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL 4 October launch teased on Google Search page

By Techpads | Last Updated: September 28, 2017- 1:18 pm
Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL 4 October launch teased on Google Search page

Google Search homepage has a new linked message beneath the search bar that reads, "Ask more of your phone, 4 Oct."


Decoding Googles Pixel teasers

Google is trying to crash the iPhone 8 and X launch party by unveiling a teaser campaign that most certainly suggests that the new Pixel phones are going to be announced on October 4. The teaser campaign was done in perfect Google Style by unveiling a simple link on the Google home page telling users to “Ask more of your phone” Oct 4”

What’s the significance of the date, you ask? It was on the same date last year that Google launched the Pixel and the Pixel XL line. The Pixel launch in 2017 heralded a new direction for Google and it replaced the previous line of Nexus branded phones. The Pixel launch led to speculations that Google might once again be interested in manufacturing phones. This is now confirmed after the announcement of a strategic partnership and investment of 1.1 billion $ by Google in HTC, the manufacturers of the Pixel.

All this is great news as it’s a sign of commitment by Google to make great hardware that competes well with the IPhone. Last year’s Pixels were very well received, had great cameras and exclusive software. With google teasing us to “Ask More”, we are very excited about what’s coming on October 4.

Here’s a list of the rhetorical questions that the company’s teaser video throws at us:

  • What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?
  • Why is my phone always out of storage?
  • Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?
  • Why doesn’t my phone understand me?
  • Why can’t my phone update itself?
  • Why is my smartphone so slow / hot / fragile / annoying / broken / cruel / impersonal / dumb?

What do all these questions point to. Google’s message is simple and direct – that you can expect more from the new Pixels than the iPhone’s that have just been announced. So what all do we know about the Pixel launch till now? There has been a lot of chatter, some rumors, several leaks and a lot of hype till now, make this a very exciting launch indeed.

Here’s a roundup of everything you need to know:

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL 4 October launch teased on Google Search page

Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL set to launch on 4 October 2017. The Pixel 2, made by HTC, and larger Pixel 2 XL, expected to be manufactured by LG.

  • There are 2 phones again this time – The Pixel 2, made by HTC, and larger Pixel 2 XL, expected to be manufactured by LG.
  • The smaller Pixel will retain the unique dual toned design as seen in the leaked images above. It might retain the thick original bezels though.
  • The larger sibling by LG is expected to have an almost bezel free design and will be based on their stunning flagship the V30. This will be the direct competitor to the iPhone X.
  • The phones will have optical image stabilization (OIS), something missing in the previous models.
  • Both the phones will have the new and powerful Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor.
  • They are also expected to have the “Squeeze “functionality. This is new way to interact with your phone – one seen in the HTC U11.
  • The biggest disappointment for many will be the rumored decision to exclude headphone jacks. After making fun of Apple last year, Google is now promptly aping them.
  • Both phones will be IP68 water resistant, which was also missing out in the first gen Pixels.

Stay tuned for more updates as they come about the Google Pixel launch event on October 4, 2017.