Google has become a pervasive entity in our day to day lives, with the company’s name becoming a common word in everyday lexicon. The company, of course, has many branches beyond its search engine; it produces many high-quality products, and Google made several pertinent announcments today regarding their hardware. The Android 8.0 Oreo-powered Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, their latest smartphones, were among the revelations.


“What if smartphones were smarter and simpler?” Google’s endeavors to answer that question resulted in the first Pixel. Google took care to provide the “world’s best smartphone camera” while also endowing Pixel with Google Assistant, making it the first phone to include the latter. Now, the brand’s successor is coming, and it continues Google’s design ethos.

Google boasts how, once again, they will supply the most capable smartphone camera on the market. Image stabilization has been improved, among other facets, and more enhancements will come later. In fact, Google’s Android will gain the exclusive ability to run AR Stickers, giving your pictures an extra dimension of whimsical fun. Plus, Google will supply unlimited storage for all of the photos you take, so you don’t need to fear running out of space.

Likewise, Google Assistant has reaped many ameliorations. Active Edge, a new feature, makes it easier to activate your personal assistant – all you need to do is give your phone a quick squeeze. Google notes how creating a long-lasting battery was a factor in the Pixel 2’s design, and they argue it has the potential to keep “all day.” Moreover, charging for a mere 15 minute should restore seven hours worth of battery life. Furthermore, both Androids come with 64GB worth of memory as the default, though spending an extra $100 will double that amount.

So, what are the differences between the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL? The biggest differentiation between them will be their sizes, which are respectively 5 inches and 6 inches. The Pixel 2 comes with an OLED display and it’ll be available in a wider array of colors, with three planned: Clearly White, Kinda Blue and Just Black. Its bigger brother will instead supply a pOLED 18:9 display, although it will be purchasable in Just Black or Black & White.

Whichever option you prefer, both iterations of the Pixel 2 are now up for pre-ordering. $649 is the asking price. In addition to Best Buy and the Google Store, both Google Pixel 2 phones will be available at Verizon retail storefronts.

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