With the Google’s next generation Pixel devices launch is just around the corner, a new leak shows off redesigned home screen. Popular phone leaker Evan Blass has published two images of the upcoming Pixel 2 XL on its official Twitter account which shows that the Google search bar has been moved from the top of the screen to the bottom, below the app dock.
Another change is in the form of a new widget up top that shows user’s next appointment and the current weather. This new leak of the Pixel 2 XL gives a clearer look as to how the screen will look like. With just near zero bezels, the Pixel 2 XL closely resembles the design aesthetics of LG V30 than the Galaxy S8.
The previous version of Pixels was equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 which was considered to be an improved version as compared to the 820 chipsets. And while earlier rumours suggested that 2017 Pixels will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, Blass’s tweets indicate 835 SoC which is a revised version of 835 SoC with high CPU and GPU speed and improved in battery life.
The device is expected to come with a "squeezable" frame similar to one seen HTC U11. The technology will allow Pixel users to squeeze their phone to interact with the Google Assistant in various ways.
Rumours has it that the device will be manufactured by LG and is expected to be taller at six inches and will have the same 2:1 aspect ratio as the LG G6. The camera at the back is also reported to be large with just one lens, which suggests that Google might be skipping the dual-lens trend.
Google Pixel 2 will be launched at a time when all major companies have introduced their flagship smartphones. In the first or second week of October, Samsung would have already started the sale of Galaxy Note 8 and Apple will be already be giving away the tenth anniversary iPhone.
The launch could be late but Pixel devices will be first in line to be updated with Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have already entered carrier testing and will get updated to Android O, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player in the next few weeks.
Google is set to launch the new Pixels on October 5 in the US.