Google’s forthcoming Pixel 2 will feature the same squeeze controls as HTC’s U11, reports suggest.
A patent filing in the United States by HTC has revealed plans for the ‘Active Edge’ function, which will allow users to open up Google Assistant by simply squeezing the device.
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HTC is making the Pixel 2 on behalf of Google, which is looking to follow up on the huge success of last year’s Pixel, also manufactured by HTC.
Recent reports suggested that the Pixel 2 will come with the same BoomSound speakers found in the U11, giving Google’s new phone an audio edge over rival handsets from Apple and Samsung.
The patent filing appears to also confirm plans for a 64GB storage option and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
An official launch date for the Pixel 2 is not yet clear, but the phone is likely to launch alongside an updated edition of the Pixel XL later this year.