Google To Share Pixel 2 With The World On October 4th

A cryptic video teased some of the upcoming phone's features and an event of some sort for today and the live stream is available now!

49

Update: The event is going live any second now and you can watch it right here with us!

The smartphone market is thick with competition but there's no doubt that Android and iOS run the show. Apple just wrapped up a major event that included the reveal of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and the (potentially) groundbreaking iPhone X. Not to be outdone, it looks like Google is coming hot on Apple's heels with an event on October 4th dedicated to the Pixel 2.

Engadget reports that the somewhat cryptic video above corroborates a few rumors about the phone, including the previously predicted release date in October. The video implies improvements for the battery, storage, camera, and Google Assistant but there are no official details out just yet.

HTC is rumored to be creating the smaller Pixel model and LG will handle the larger AMOLED XL model. Other rumored specs include 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, squeeze controls, a new Snapdragon processor, and more. No matter what, the presentation for this new device should involve some VR updates and some cool implementation of augmented reality content taking advantage of the recently announced ARCore. Stay tuned for more information as it's made available.

Source: Android Police

Charles Singletary Jr keeps the updates flowing as the News Editor, breaking stories while investigating the biggest topics in gaming and technology. He's pretty active on Twitter, so feel free to reach out to him @The_CSJR. Got a hot tip? Email him at Charles.Singletary@Shacknews.com.

From The Chatty

  • reply
    September 14, 2017 11:00 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Google To Share Pixel 2 With The World On October 4th

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 11:03 AM

      Looking forward to it.

      My old 5X got stuck in the bootloop bug. Google sent a replacement for free but that one also got stuck in a bootloop.

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 11:09 AM

      I wonder if there will be a non-CDMA version available...

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 1:29 PM

        The last round of Pixels had the bands for both CDMA and GSM carriers, why would they restrict it on the 2's?

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 1:33 PM

          Initial release was Verizon exclusive for a bit, which immediately dropped it off my radar.

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 1:36 PM

            The Pixel phones are locked to a carrier, IIRC, Verizon was the only carrier selling the phones themselves. You could go to the Google Store and buy the exact same thing directly.

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 1:37 PM

            I bought mine straight from Google and use Cricket as my carrier.

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 5:02 PM

              Seen a few people raving about Cricket here. Curious how the bill stacks up vs. Project Fi. Does Cricket pro-rate the data that you use or you have to buy it in 1gig chunks?

              • reply
                September 14, 2017 5:04 PM

                No prorating, you just buy what data package you want. I think it's 3/5/8GB/Unlimited for $30/40/50/70.

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 1:56 PM

            they were verizon-exclusive in that verizon was the only carrier selling them directly (i.e. not at&t, t-mobile, sprint). you could still buy them standalone from google or whatever, and they worked on all the other carriers just fine

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 11:44 AM

      I'm hopeful the non XL version is significantly cheaper than it's competition, but highly doubt it.

    • Zek
      reply
      September 14, 2017 11:49 AM

      Definitely gonna get in on this, still have my Nexus 5x but wanted second gen hardware.

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 12:01 PM

      Can't wait to see it. If it's awesome, I'll switch to Android for the first time ever!

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 1:17 PM

        The Pixel is pretty awesome, my wife is gonna be looking to switch from Samsung for the first time in 5 years

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 1:31 PM

        Half of the awesome comes from Project Fi. I'd buy direct from Google if you can. Phone has paid for itself with what I've saved not paying AT&T their absurdly high bill.

        Still happy with Pixel XL, might try to sell mine and upgrade to the Pixel 2 but not sure I see the need yet. Looking forward to Oct 4th.

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 1:25 PM

      Has the Pixel had any of the awful problems that the Nexus 5X and 6 had?

      Going to be weighing iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 and Apple seems to win in reliability and length of support by a mile still?

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 1:46 PM

        LG did the Nexus 5x. Huawei did the Nexus 6P. HTC did the Pixel. Any problems with the hardware was not caused by Google.

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 6:34 PM

          Oh shit I'm hiring some contractors next time I want no responsibility at all. Great idea.

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 7:07 PM

          What's that have to do with anything? There are rumors that HTC and LG will be doing the next Google phones too.

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 1:30 PM

      If only I didn't have such a need for imessage... Maybe could be replaced with facebook messenger.. Ugh ugh ugh

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 1:32 PM

        Why is everyone so reliant on iMessage? Doesn't pretty much every cell plan these days include unlimited SMS?

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 1:35 PM

          If you have friends/family that use it too there are some extra features over just SMS.

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 1:38 PM

            Like what?

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 1:46 PM

              They are about to add person to person payments in iOS 11 but in iOS 10 you get reactions, drawings, gifs, stickers etc. You can send handwritten messages. You can also do effects like a shower of balloons for birthday wishes and invisible ink. There are others but that is what comes to mind off the top of my head. It isn't as big a deal to me but my wife loves it.

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 1:47 PM

              3D poop emoji

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 2:51 PM

              send location

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 3:39 PM

              Animated gifs, videos that are higher res than 320x240, not having photo messages never received for no apparent reason.

              • reply
                September 14, 2017 7:21 PM

                You can have all those things on a number of messaging apps....

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 2:51 PM

          there are better options like whatsapp wechat

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 3:19 PM

            Those require a separate app/login though and everyone you are communicating with to do the same. Everyone has a phone these days and if they don't support iMessage it will just use whatever the common feature set is between the two.

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 5:27 PM

              most of my friends use whatsapp. the best thing is you dont have to add them, if you have their number in the contacts its automatically done

              also desktop app on whatsapp is a god send, cant do that with PC + iMessage

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 5:31 PM

              They require an app, but not a login. They work pretty seamlessly once the app is on your phone. And they're cross platform including on the computer side.

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 3:34 PM

          SMS/MMS is horrible in my experience. I'm with wurt, I think I'm going back to iPhones simply for iMessage, and I hate that.

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 3:54 PM

            Horrible how?

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 3:59 PM

              downscaled images, postage stamp sized videos, no "..." to indicate the other person is talking (this is HUGE), no delivery confirmation (ALSO HUGE), sometimes delayed delivery (i've suddenly gotten a burst of SMSes all at once, this never happens in iMessage). the different message effects are kinda fun, the handwriting thing is neat from time to time but i could give it up if i had to.

              mostly it's the "..." to indicate someone is typing. i don't know how to describe how transformative is it to have flow control in a conversation if you don't already get it

              • reply
                September 14, 2017 4:02 PM

                the "..." is why slack is better than IRC too btw

              • reply
                September 14, 2017 4:12 PM

                Thanks, you got all the things I was gonna say :)

                Tonight, I have another one. International friend is in town, someone starts a group text, all of them on iPhone. The international friend doesn't get any of them because it's MMS and he's on data only, so the "what chat should we use" conversation starts. It's just frustrating for everyone involved.

                • reply
                  September 14, 2017 4:12 PM

                  (I'm on Android, if that scenario wasn't clear)

                  • reply
                    September 14, 2017 6:18 PM

                    WhatsApp is huge in Europe... supports every platform... seems like a winner. that or Telegram.

                    • reply
                      September 14, 2017 6:53 PM

                      I hear ya man, I love Whatsapp and that's what I ask everyone to use. It's just a bummer having to ask. It's minor, I just have to do it constantly (from dating mostly).

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 3:36 PM

          SMS doesn't do group chat, which I think is one of imessage's biggest appeals. It frustrates me to no end how most of my family bought into the apple ecosystem and then they piss and moan when we're not on their glorious imessage. As far as I'm concerned, the only selling feature of those phones is their closed-platform message service.

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 3:53 PM

            I'm confused. I can SMS multiple people at the same time and when they respond it's to everyone I originally SMS'd. Am I missing something important that I'm not able to do with that?

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 4:17 PM

              I've never been able to do that. My response goes to the person who issued it, as do the others'. So I get bombed with a bunch of individual messages.

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 4:27 PM

              Technically I think group stuff falls under the MMS protocol, but I doubt Enity is splitting hairs there.

              To my somewhat limited knowledge, other features iMessage has over general SMS, there's not really anything special about iMessage group messaging.

              Let's see, you can name the group so it's not just a list of participants? Uhh... yeah.

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 3:55 PM

          SMS is fucking dog shit compared to iMessage, it's not an adequate replacement at all

          • reply
            September 14, 2017 3:57 PM

            This is what everyone says though. WHY is it dog shit? I never noticed a difference coming from iMessage in the iPhone 4 days to SMS for the last how ever many years. It basically seemed like the exact same thing as long as you had unlimited SMS/MMS on your plan.

            • reply
              September 14, 2017 3:59 PM

              i'm honestly flabbergasted that you could use imessage and not notice the difference

              • reply
                September 14, 2017 3:59 PM

                like are you SURE you were using imessage? with the blue bubbles?

                • reply
                  September 14, 2017 4:01 PM

                  Yep, I just don't really care about ... or message confirmation really *shrug* I 'spose I probably don't use SMS as my primary form of communication with anyone but my wife and we're not constantly back and forth. For everyone else it's IM or a phone call

                  • reply
                    September 14, 2017 4:01 PM

                    (I can see how that would be useful if it was your primary form of communication)

                    • reply
                      September 14, 2017 4:01 PM

                      ahh you beat me to the punch

                    • reply
                      September 14, 2017 4:02 PM

                      It's the seem less connection of an SMS/MMS app with a regular messenger app. That's huge.

                      • reply
                        September 14, 2017 4:45 PM

                        Not very huge if you use Windows, but sure.

                        • reply
                          September 14, 2017 9:59 PM

                          The Cortana SMS integration has never worked for me.

                          • reply
                            September 14, 2017 10:10 PM

                            I mean if you use Windows you can't use iMessage on a computer

                  • reply
                    September 14, 2017 4:01 PM

                    ok well can you see how people who do actually use it regularly would care? "i never use it so SMS is fine" is not a strong defense of SMS

                  • reply
                    September 14, 2017 4:56 PM

                    You sorta answered your own question in some respect didn't you? Why do you use IM as your primary form of communication? Because you found IM clients did what SMS does except with a way better experience on the phone and with support on non-phones. iMessage does both of those too without requiring a separate app that's slower and more bloated than the messenger app.

                    • reply
                      September 14, 2017 5:24 PM

                      If you and everyone know is fully bought into the Apple ecosystem, sure I guess.

                      • reply
                        September 14, 2017 5:29 PM

                        ~50% of the US is on iOS so that's not really that hard to accomplish, especially since most people probably send 90%+ of their texts to < 5ish people. The stragglers still text you normally or message you through some other app if they want.

                  • reply
                    September 14, 2017 5:47 PM

                    I don't give a shit about that stuff either. In fact, I kind of dislike the idea of someone else being able to tell when I'm reading/responding to their texts. I'll get back you when I fucking feel like it!

                    • reply
                      September 14, 2017 5:50 PM

                      every IM client has done this for years and it's super useful for having an actual conversation

                      • ArB
                        reply
                        September 14, 2017 7:39 PM

                        I don't want to use texts as IM. I use it as shitty email.

                    • reply
                      September 14, 2017 5:51 PM

                      read receipts can be turned off (and i do so; read receipts don't help the flow of conversation in the way that typing notifications do)

                      • reply
                        September 14, 2017 6:05 PM

                        Ah, then that sounds much better. I don't mind someone know if I'm literally in the middle of responding to them, but I really dislike the idea that they can see that I've read their message but haven't responded yet.

                        • reply
                          September 14, 2017 6:06 PM

                          yeah i'm with you on that. first thing i disable on an iphone. i'm sure some people like it but everyone in my friend group has it disabled

                          • reply
                            September 14, 2017 7:08 PM

                            Yup I disabled it previously as well. I don't need people thinking I'm ignoring them or whatever if I'm busy

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 3:38 PM

        A group of friends and family of mine did just that. I finally kinda snapped in my usual passive aggressive way when they were running their mouths about imessage, and told them that there's tons of options. They begrudgingly used it and it's been pretty great.

        I'm sure they have their own group in imessage they mock me in, but when we were organizing for UFC215, it was great.

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 4:00 PM

        I have a greater need for the ability to globally set default programs. Ios keeeps wanting to open various links in safari instead of YouTube or the my Reddit app.

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 5:29 PM

        I got my iPhone-using family on WhatsApp and it works fantastically. I love that I can send messages and photos with the web client on my PC.

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 8:18 PM

        Hangouts don't care what platform you're on

      • reply
        September 15, 2017 2:19 AM

        Signal is your friend

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 3:33 PM

      Can't wait. Not super excited about iPhone this year, so this or the V30 is probably going to be my next phone.

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 3:40 PM

      I really hope this causes the Pixel 1 to drop in price while they dump stock.

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 5:11 PM

      I am excited to upgrade, while my classic Nexus 5 still works really well, OS updates are nice, and I would not complain about having a much better camera on my phone.

      Though hopefully they don't immediately start taking pre-orders... even just a few days later would be better for me.

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 8:11 PM

        Hello Nexus 5 brother

        • reply
          September 14, 2017 10:17 PM

          Even today it remains a solid phone. It's never been the best at anything (other than at the time it was released it was the best at being pure Android), but it is and probably will remain my favorite if only for the surprising longevity.

          I think it might even be snappier than it was when it was new thanks to Marshmallow. Just a really solid mid-tier phone.

          • reply
            September 15, 2017 2:07 AM

            Yeah it's just the battery draining fast but otherwise it's pretty smooth with lineageOS

    • reply
      September 14, 2017 8:58 PM

      Has anyone seen mention of wireless charging? I've got a defective S7 Edge that I want to replace with one of these, but I'm not sure I want to give up wireless charging.

      • reply
        September 14, 2017 10:19 PM

        Unless they're ditching fingerprints, or managed to layer it in the screen, I doubt there will be Qi in Pixel 2.

        Which is a bummer, because as electrically inefficient as it is, Qi is super handy from a user prospective.

    • reply
      September 15, 2017 12:08 AM

      Have pixel XL, usually I upgrade every year to new Nexus/pixel but this time I have a feeling I won't especially if the rumors are true about the size (being larger than xl), bezels and lack of headphone jack