October 29, 2020

Google Pixel 2 spotted with Android 8.0.1, new storage tier and ‘Active Edge’ feature

More hints and clues about the upcoming Google Pixel smartphones have made their way on to the web. We have already seen the render images making rounds on the internet, however, this time the Pixel 2 has been spotted on FCC (Federal Communications Commission) website in the US, giving hints on the Android OS version and what could be one of key highlight of the device.
The certification process shows some of the screenshots from the upcoming handset’s Settings page, suggesting it (or at least one of the variants) to sport 64GB of inbuilt storage. It is worth adding here that this is one storage tier that is missing from the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Both come in 32GB and 128GB inbuilt storage variants.
The screenshot interestingly reveals the smartphone running on Android 8.0.1, which in all likeliness will be a maintenance update over the Android 8.0. Screenshots also confirm the arrival of August 5 Android security patch level.
For those who don’t know it yet, the consumer version of the Android 8.0 rollout is still on its way. The search giant recently rolled out Beta 5 of the OS version and has not revealed when it will be releasing the final version. Rumours around the web indicate it to arrive on August 21.
The FCC listing, besides revealing the aforementioned details, also revealed the smartphone to sport touch-sensitive side bezels, which will be going by the moniker ‘Active Edge’. Although details are scarce at the moment as to how the tech will work, we assume the feature will be on the similar grounds as HTC’s ‘Edge Sense’ feature. The feature let users open different apps, click images and more just by squeezing the device. The inclusion of ‘Active Edge’ also gives a strong hint that HTC will be making this year’s Pixel smartphones as well.
While there is no confirmation on the launch dates of the Pixel 2 smartphone(s), it won’t be hard to assume that they could see the light of the day in or around October.