Google Pixel 2 Will Feature Ambient, Always On Display As Feature Found Hidden In Android Oreo

Ramish Zafar
Google Pixel 2 concept

All done with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8, it's time we move towards the only flagship launch left for 2017. Google will be the last mainstream brand to launch a flagship smartphone. Mountain View entered the smartphone race last year, with directed focus at Apple. However, while the Pixel and Pixel XL are solid smartphones, we're not sure how Google will beat facial recognition. Today, more information for the Google Pixel 2 has come to light. Take a look below to find out more.

Google's Pixel 2 Will Feature Always On Ambient Display Suggests Android Oreo - You Can Also Enable The Feature In The AOSP

Only a couple of weeks remain to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's October 4 launch. Compared to other flagships, namely the iPhone X, Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8, the lineup has appeared sparingly on the rumor mill. Leaks for the device started off with some big claims. Early on this year sources claimed that Google just might develop its own processors for the pair.

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In fact, at the start, we didn't get two devices on the rumor mill. Rather, it was rumored that Google will add another, much larger smartphone in the mix as well. However, we assure you that neither will we get custom processors or a third smartphone from Google this year. The pair won't launch with the Snapdragon 836 either, as rumored earlier.


Now, folks over at XDA developers claim that the Pixel 2 lineup will feature an always on ambient display. We've heard rumors of the feature before but this time, it's baked right into Android Oreo. Google likes to disable features in Android upgrades, reserving them for later launch. The same case appears to be with Always On as well. The feature is present in Android Oreo but is disabled. XDA has also found a way for you to enable it, but it's a bit technical.

The details which have surfaced for the Pixel 2 lineup suggest some upgrades. For starters, the smartphone's design will differ from its predecessors. The glass section in the back will decrease in overall area. We'll get more sober Slate Gray and Black color variants. OIS will upgrade to Electronic Image Stabilization this year, but there's no news yet of a dual camera setup. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.


News Source: XDA

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