That's because the company has changed its approach to hardware ever since the introduction of the original Pixel phone a year ago.
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With the iPhone launch out of the way, Google is now starting to spin up the marketing machine for its next flagship phone. Aside from hardware improvements, Google will likely also push more AI-powered features with the Pixel 2, especially features relating to Google Assistant.
According to an ongoing Reddit thread, Google is sending new Pixel XL smartphones to Nexus 6P owners who bought their device directly from the search giant. Also telling is the fact that Google launched the original Pixel phones on October 4 past year.
Google launched the Pixel and Pixel XL last year on October 4th, and exactly one year later we're probably getting a look at the Pixel 2.
Google is all set to launch the new Pixel smartphones on 5th October 2017.
The Pixel 2 XL is expected to be manufactured by LG since Google wants a company with a better standing in the smartphone market than HTC, who is now working on the smaller Pixel.
This could mean that either the new Pixel phones would release with the Snapdragon 840/845 processor or could come with the Snapdragon 835 processor like the rest of the flagship phones this year.
The Pixel 2 is rumored to sport camera technology that will include laser-detect autofocus, which helps the back camera take better pictures and videos in shaky and low-light conditions. We are not sure as to how long Google will be offering the Pixel XL as an alternative option though. Google is resisting the industry trend of dual rear cameras, but it's not resisting the inexplicable industry conspiracy to kill the headphone jack. The G011C is what lends itself to being a Pixel XL 2.