Android 8.1 developer preview download is out: Here's what's inside

Thursday, 26 Oct, 2017

According to 9to5Google, the only significant changes overall are a new Easter Egg that makes the Oreo logo look like an actual cookie, and a navigation bar that automatically colors and dims on Pixel devices.

Google had already revealed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL would be also going on sale from over 1,000 offline stores in the country.

Flipkart says that pre-orders will begin at 12am on Thursday and the Pixel 2 will be delivered starting November 2, while deliveries for the Pixel 2 XL will begin on November 15. The same source had mentioned the "taimen" code-name, which eventually turned out to be LG Electronics-made Google Pixel 2 XL.

Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can be pre-ordered starting tomorrow on Flipkart. Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 manage this effect via a second camera lens to sense depth. "We are investigating and will have a more definitive response soon".

While a significant mark up from its previous model, at £849 the Pixel 2 is still roughly £200 cheaper than the iPhone X, which is expected to retail in the United Kingdom at £1,149 for the range-topping 246GB version. The camera is capable of taking videos at 1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps and 4K @ 30fps. The front sees an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The XL has the larger, QuadHD display, as well as the taller 18:9 size ratio, while the Pixel 2 has the HD, 16:9 display. There is no home button on this device; instead, users will navigate the device through gestures. Both the phones run on Android 8.0 Oreo and Google has promised minimum 3 years of OS and security updates.

Google is touting the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's camera as one of the best camera seen on any smartphone.

Pixel 2XL is available in two storage variants of 64GB/128GB; there is no microSD card slot so the storage is not expandable. I got it to work for flowers and selfies (yes, it works with the front camera, too, something limited elsewhere to Apple's upcoming iPhone X). It features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion. They are offered in a choice of 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, it lacks a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 2.4G, Bluetooth 5.0 and a USB Type-C port. Both devices are IP67 water and dust resistance.

A fourth code name, "Wahoo", has been linked with a "unified kernel for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL".