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Pixel 2 FCC listing shows Android 8.0.1 pre-loaded and more

The FCC listing for Google's upcoming Pixel 2, to be made by HTC, shows it will be pre-loaded with Android 8.0.1, among other features.

Published onAugust 15, 2017

Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 phone, the successor to 2016’s Pixel handset, is now officially listed on the website for the US’s Federal Communications Commission. The FCC listing confirms a few of the previous rumors about the phone, along with revealing that it will have Android 8.0.1, also known for now as Android O, installed out of the box.

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The listing was filed by HTC, which confirms rumors that the Taiwan-based company is making the smaller of the two planned Pixel 2 phones for Google (the larger model, the successor to the Pixel XL, is rumored to be made by LG). The FCC listing includes screenshots that mention an “Active Edge” feature in the Pixel 2’s “Languages, input and gestures” settings. This is likely to be a reference for the Pixel 2’s rumored ability to let owners squeeze its sides to perform various phone functions, similar to the same Edge Sense feature found on the HTC U11. The listing also seems to suggest that the Pixel 2 will be released with at least 64 GB of onboard storage, and will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

All of this would seem to be consistent with previous rumors about the Pixel 2, which have also claimed that it will have two front-facing stereo speakers, but will also ditch the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack. The design of the Pixel 2 is also rumored to be nearly identical to the current Pixel handset. Google will likely reveal both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL officially later this fall, with a possible launch in October.

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