The camera on the new Pixel 2 is packed full of great hardware, software and machine learning (ML), so all you need to do is point and shoot to take amazing photos and videos. "Handing more control to the software makes the hardware simpler and more efficient". My battery performance on the XL was considerably better than what I got on the Pixel 1. You'll be happy to know it's still alive and kicking on the Google Pixel 2.
The camera however, stole the show. The biggest addition to this beta update though is definitely the docked search bar, with the new pop-up menu coming in a close second. With the latest update, the Google Pixel 2 Launcher has added support for the panel, providing slight tweaks in the animation when sliding up, much like the iOS. This is an expanded HDR feature to improve the quality of photos with a wide range of brightness and contrast levels.
It's all in that camera! Lens has the power of Search behind it, along with Google's excellent smart assistant and an overall knack for having products that seamlessly work together. The phone unlocks immediately when you touch the sensor and, so far, it's worked every time.
"Some of you have mentioned that rebooting or factory resetting the device resolved the issue. Later, we'll enable it for all third-party apps using the Android Camera API, giving them access to the Pixel 2's HDR+ technology", said the executives.
Neither phone has a dual-camera setup, but only the Pixel 2 can take great depth-effect photos with blurry backgrounds.
Ars Technica's Ron Amadeo praised Google's use of an MMF2 eSIM among other things. "The Pixel 2 is the only premium Android smartphone without an edge-to-edge display, two cameras, and support for fast gigabit LTE service".
From my time with the excellent Pixel 2, I firmly believe that the Pixel 2 XL would be the best phone on the market - without exception - if it just had the sort of adequate screen that the Pixel XL of yesteryear had.
The Pixel 2, on the other hand, hasn't progressed in those areas since the original Pixel.
Android Police was the first outlet to uncover it, and through 'purely accidental means' at that. It smashes the Snapdragon 835 in the Pixel 2 in Geekbench, and also in the GFX Manhattan test where it hit the 60fps limiter. And it works even if the phone is locked. One reason is, of course, the new hardware. The Pixel Visual Core currently lies dormant within the Pixel 2.
Integration with Google services give the Pixel 2 line a leg up on the iPhone and Galaxy lines, maintained Hayley Tsukayama, writing for The Washington Post.
Google recently launched their new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, both handsets come with Android 8.0 Oreo.