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Coming October 4: The Google Pixel 2

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Google is replacing defective Nexus 6P units with Pixel XLs, but only in North America

It is official. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be announced on October 4, exactly a year after the first Pixels were announced. Also telling is the fact that Google launched the original Pixel phones on October 4 previous year. It includes the caption "Ask more of your phone" along with Google's "G" logo and the date Oct.4 at the bottom.

Search giant Google's upcoming Pixel smartphones are a couple of weeks away from being launched and the leaks are pouring in. That again isn't bad considering that the first gen Pixel phones were also launched on October 4. On the other hand, industry insiders previously claimed that the Pixel XL 2 will boast a relatively bezel-free design and adopt a display panel with a tall aspect ratio of 18:9, i.e. 2:1.

Now that Apple has officially announced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it's Google's turn to try to wow the world with what it thinks is the future of smartphones.

Google today went live with a teaser Web site that asks would-be buyers, "Thinking about changing phones?". Plus, Google has this "advance exchange" approach to replacing Nexus 6Ps with Pixel XLs.

For now, we'll have to wait until October 4 to find out what Google means with all its questions. Droid Life observed in a post yesterday that the unused identifer G011B could refer to the Pixel 2 XL model originally believed to be in development by HTC, which was "reportedly cancelled in favor of this LG phone".

However, it's the new and improved Pixel XL 2, made by LG, that has potential buyers excited. We'll be soon following up this Google Pixel 2 release date article with a list of expected Google Pixel 2 features. One feature expected for both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL is a touch-sensitive edge, much like the HTC U11. The 35-second video doesn't show the Pixel 2, but it does tease the smartphone by showing an animation of people typing in questions into Google about their mobile device.

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