Google Addresses the Absence of a Headphone Jack in the Pixel 2

Delia Watkins
October 10, 2017

Google has introduced a "do not disturb" feature on its flagship smartphones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. We still recommend waiting for some time.

When we look at these devices, we see the screens.

What about the iPhone X then? Yet even with all that RAM, the Pixel 2 XL can't compete in the processing department against the iPhone 8 Plus.

Finally, Google has added squeezable sides to the Pixel 2 which can be used to take selfies and summon the clever Google Assistant. Apple iPhone 8 Plus also features high-dynamic-range scenes due to AutoHDR feature.

Since Google launched the second generation of its Pixel phones, both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been the talk of the town. While it is something of an inevitability that the old-style jack will be completely replaced, there are still plenty of people who mourn its loss. Google was able to curve the edges of the device because of the new display panel. We are still not sure how a person is supposed to listen to music and charge his smartphone if they doesn't have a Bluetooth headset.

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The Google Home Mini sports a much smaller form factor than its larger brethren, created to take on Amazon's Echo Dot, and matches its $49.99 price tag. No notifications are displayed on the Apple iPhone screen in order to ensure there is no distraction for the user. Sure, you get Assistant again - it even comes with a dedicated key - but of all the devices showcased at the event, this is the one that has the least well-defined use case, at least in our book. A similar feature that Google launched in partnership with Bose on the Bose QC35 II headphones. These include smart home speakers like the Google Home Mini and Home Max and accessories like the Google Pixel Buds.

If you want to own one on contract you'll have to go to EE or Carphone Warehouse as the Pixel is exclusive to these suppliers. This feature will also work in Airplane Mode. Google wants to show the awesome video stabilization of Pixel 2. Google is moving to USB-C which is actually "becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today" according to Orrin Hancock, Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager. You have 64 GB and 128 GB models in both the phones. The Pixel 2 can intelligently identify and separate backgrounds and foregrounds based on what the company's algorithms have gleaned from processing that huge trove of data. Preordering is already available and shipping will get to customers in December.

Both the devices are designed in an aluminum unibody with the hybrid coating. The Pixel 2 XL is a more sensible buy, though Apple CEO Tim Cook argues that the iPhone X with its thousand dollar price tag is "value for money". Champy said that their research indicates that majority of users prefer having a cord.

The race between the two rivals, Google and Apple is not a deep-rooted concept for us.

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