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Google Unveils the Pixel 2 and It Doesn’t Have a Headphone Jack

Google Unveils the Pixel 2 and It Doesn’t Have a Headphone Jack

By Simon Hung

One year after unveiling the first Pixel and facetiously lauding its inclusion of a headphone jack, Google has unveiled their new Pixel 2 smartphones and they do not include a headphone jack.

Google held their Pixel Event this week and in addition to the Pixel 2, they also announced a number of neat accessories including a pair of wireless earbuds capable of real-time translation. We’ve listed the most notable announcements along with links to order them from the Google Store.

Pixel 2

The new Pixel 2 is available in two sizes -- the smaller Pixel 2 sports a 5” AMOLED screen with a 1920x1080 resolution while the larger Pixel 2 XL has a 6” pOLED screen with a resolution of 2880x1440. Aside from screen size, both phones feature identical hardware including a water resistant aluminum and glass design, 12.2MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, front-facing stereo speakers and a pressure-sensitive frame that lets you launch Google Assistant by squeezing the phone.

Google's new Pixel 2 is available in three colours and starts at $899.00.

The phones follow the unpopular industry trend of omitting the headphone jack and curiously, no USB-C headphones are included in the box, but a USB-C to headphone jack dongle is included to help you quickly adapt to the dongle life.

Both models are loaded with Android 8.0 Oreo and are available in three colours with 64GB or 128GB of storage, with the Pixel 2 starting at $899.00 and Pixel 2 XL starting at $1159.00.

Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini is a miniaturized version of the Google Home smart speaker. Like its bigger brother, Google Home Mini has Google Assistant built-in and can perform tasks like control smart home products, play music or get answers to questions by speaking to it.

The Google Home Mini is the first Google Home product priced at under $100.00.

Google Home Mini is available in three colours for $79.00. Those who purchase a Pixel 2 will also get a promo code for a free Google Home Mini.

Google will also be opening a Google Home Mini Donut Shop pop-up in Toronto on October 26 and 27, where you’ll be able to see the Google Home Mini first-hand and enjoy some free donuts.

Pixel Buds

Pixel Buds are Google’s first foray into the wireless headphone category and they aren’t just ordinary Bluetooth headphones. They’re designed to work seamlessly the Pixel 2 (but also work with other Bluetooth devices) and the most interesting thing about them is their ability to translate 40 different languages in real-time.

Pixel Buds can translate 40 different languages in real-time using Google Translate.

The feature uses Google Translate and works by listening to your speech in one language, then dictating the speech in another language through your phone, allowing you to “talk” to someone in a foreign language with the Pixel Buds acting as an interpreter.

Battery life is rated at approximately five hours, with the included case providing an additional 24 hours of charge. Pixel Buds are available in three colours for $219.00.

Pixelbook

Perhaps the oddest product announcement was the Pixelbook, a new 12.3” convertible laptop from Google that runs Chrome OS. It’s a tweener device that has the power and performance of a premium laptop, but is limited to running Chrome OS and Android apps only.

The Pixelbook is configurable with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and up to 512GB of flash storage.

It’s very pretty and portable, but the lack of fully-featured apps available for Chrome OS will limit its practicality for power-users, since you can’t (officially) install another operating system on it.

The Pixelbook is available in three configurations and starts at $1299.00. A companion product, the Pixelbook Pen, was also announced and is priced at $129.00.

Google Clips, a small camera that uses AI to learn its surroundings and automatically take pictures at opportune times, was also introduced along with Google Home Max, a supersized Google Home smart speaker with improved speakers for better music playback. Both products are currently unavailable in Canada and release dates are unknown.

39 Comments

    • if they produce something of the solid calibre of the G6, Pixel 2 should be solid.
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    • Hopefully Google will make LG more serious about firmware and software, the bootloops in the G3 G4 G5 was too common and ruin the reputation of a very good phone with a very good camera.
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    • coriolis wrote:
      Jun 13th, 2017 5:37 pm
      Hopefully Google will make LG more serious about firmware and software, the bootloops in the G3 G4 G5 was too common and ruin the reputation of a very good phone with a very good camera.
      I don't recall seeing much in the way of widespread bootloops in the G5.
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    • wearysky wrote:
      Jun 13th, 2017 9:43 pm
      I don't recall seeing much in the way of widespread bootloops in the G5.
      Yeah, its not too widespread but I'm 2/2 haha, one G3 and one G4. There are plenty of threads on XDA and reddit on it.
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    • Nothing but good experience with N4, N5 and V20.
      I'd be happy with an LG built pixel, assuming it was the right phone for me based on specs/price.
      Though my V20s not even a year old, so I wouldn't be looking until maybe Pixel 3 or 4 ;)
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    • Didn't one of the LG Nexus' experience the boot loop problem?
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    • Not overly excited, if true. The last LG phone I had was a Nexus 5 and I haven't been interested in any of their phones since. Personal preference but I also just think their designs are one of the ugliest in the industry.
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    • Unless the phone is leaps better the other flagships, I'll avoid LG. Had a Nexus 4 and wasnt impress with the build quality. Hearing about the bootloop fiasco and G6's fragile camera glass just shows LG's standard for quality. Even if those issues were bad luck, Im not dealing with their terrible 3rd party repair centre if I run into any warranty issues
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    • Wassup Doc wrote:
      Jun 14th, 2017 2:36 am
      Unless the phone is leaps better the other flagships, I'll avoid LG. Had a Nexus 4 and wasnt impress with the build quality. Hearing about the bootloop fiasco and G6's fragile camera glass just shows LG's standard for quality. Even if those issues were bad luck, Im not dealing with their terrible 3rd party repair centre if I run into any warranty issues
      Pixels are handled by Google, regardless of the manufacturer.
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    • terry0703 wrote:
      Jun 15th, 2017 10:48 am
      Pixels are handled by Google, regardless of the manufacturer.
      Who are Google's authorized repair shops in Canada?
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    • titaniumtux wrote:
      Jun 15th, 2017 5:02 pm
      Who are Google's authorized repair shops in Canada?
      They don't..Google is like apple but better...next day delivery of replacement phone 24/7 online, phone or email..no need to send to repair Depot and wait.
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    • Great news...but it was expected as Google wants the best screen and invested big time in LG oled tech

      HTC is too crippled to manufacture it .. they simply don't have the ability and capacity to manufacture modern phones
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    • Doubleshot wrote:
      Jun 15th, 2017 5:15 pm
      Great news...but it was expected as Google wants the best screen and invested big time in LG oled tech

      HTC is too crippled to manufacture it .. they simply don't have the ability and capacity to manufacture modern phones
      HTC built a mad pixel for Google. Google should just front some money to HTC so they can built the pixel 2. I guess main reason to use LG is to access their curve displays they need so badly to compete with samsung and Apple.

      Google should really do bezel less with flat screens. Edge screens are so over rated.
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    • spike1128 wrote:
      Jun 17th, 2017 4:56 pm
      HTC built a mad pixel for Google. Google should just front some money to HTC so they can built the pixel 2. I guess main reason to use LG is to access their curve displays they need so badly to compete with samsung and Apple.

      Google should really do bezel less with flat screens. Edge screens are so over rated.
      They need OLED screen... HTC doesn't have any ability to get OLED let alone manufacture it. Basically it's Samsung and LG that can do it...and Samsung is already making it for new iPhone and their own phones...so leaves LG only
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    • Lg makes poor usbc cables. Failed on me twice.
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    • spike1128 wrote:
      Jun 17th, 2017 4:56 pm
      Google should really do bezel less with flat screens. Edge screens are so over rated.
      +1. Edge are useless and probably make the phone cost more too...
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    • MoneyHypeMike wrote:
      Jun 18th, 2017 7:50 pm
      +1. Edge are useless and probably make the phone cost more too...
      Honestly I don't know what the big appeal of edge screens are either. Sure it looks fancy, but it just makes it expensive.
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    • Hairball wrote:
      Jun 19th, 2017 11:58 am
      Honestly I don't know what the big appeal of edge screens are either. Sure it looks fancy, but it just makes it expensive.
      They found a new way to charge more for a phone providing the same experience!
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    • Yes, the 5X and 6P are having issues, random boot and worst ones fall into boot loop and bricks the phone.

      So far Google and the makers are not really offer much of a fix, and given it happened on more than one phone and after recent updates, I believe the problem is really software related but Google isn't owning up to it so I could avoid Google Phones for now.
      Gee wrote:
      Jun 14th, 2017 1:15 am
      Didn't one of the LG Nexus' experience the boot loop problem?
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    • hdom wrote:
      Jun 19th, 2017 6:41 pm
      I could avoid Google Phones for now.
      Unfortunately, they are the only game in town if you want a pure Android experience.
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    • I knew I should've skipped the Pixel. Poorly designed, costly and got too excited about Assistant. It doesn't help I'm an addict but I lost money upgrading and the most PITA phone I've sold.

      Lesson learned.

      It may not be pure android but close enough. OnePlus. Yes, I know customer service and warranty is important but doubt I'll keep it long enough. LOL
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    • The first Pixel's design felt rushed and incomplete, lacking even the water/dustproofing of contemporary models it was competing with while asking the same money. Hopefully the second release will be more refined, and I'll finally be able to replace my Nexus 6p.
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    • So the release date is almost here and we have some leaks related to it. The most reliable source would be Android Police.

      http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/07/11 ... ble-frame/

      Another one:

      http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/07/26 ... -5mm-jack/

      Also some recent articles from last week indicate that headphone jack will be gone but probably on the smaller models only.

      Here is what I hope it will be:

      1. 5.5" and 6" models with slimmer body and stereo speakers (5" is too small with on-screen buttons and will make battery smaller).
      2. Water resistance and wireless charging (Though very less chance of getting wireless charging because of small glass window on the back used only for wireless signals).
      3. Larger batteries
      4. At least 3 years of OS updates (similar pricing with Apple-so we should expect at least 3 years of support).
      5. Headphone jack

      What are your expectations? I am currently using a Galaxy S7 and can't wait to upgrade.
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    • Water resistance
      Less bezel / bigger screen
      Better speakers

      I think I'd be okay with that. I don't expect much more.
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    • Didn't google take a jab at apple for not including a headphone jack? Smh, I sincerely hope there is a headphone jack because that leaked image of the Pixel XL2 looks sooo nice.
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    • This year is the first year I want to a "smaller" phone by getting the regular pixel. I like it a lot personally but would have loved having dual facing from speakers or honestly even just one. The down facing speaker is a pain.

      That being said, no head phone jack no desire for me to get it. I was on the BT headphone train for a bit but then went back to my corded headphones and like them significantly more.

      Too bad I'm like in the smaller form factor because there doesn't seem to be many options in that field.
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    • Evil Baby wrote:
      Aug 4th, 2017 8:14 pm
      This year is the first year I want to a "smaller" phone by getting the regular pixel. I like it a lot personally but would have loved having dual facing from speakers or honestly even just one. The down facing speaker is a pain.

      That being said, no head phone jack no desire for me to get it. I was on the BT headphone train for a bit but then went back to my corded headphones and like them significantly more.

      Too bad I'm like in the smaller form factor because there doesn't seem to be many options in that field.
      I agree with you. However the bigger issue I feel is that Google or any other Android manufacturer that removed the headphone jack do not have a good wireless solution. Some of them don't even include headphones in the box. HTC has at least included a USB-C headphone in the box that I heard is great sounding too. Apple has lighntning headphones and Airpods for wireless use. At least they have options. This phone likely wont come with headphones bundled so it creates a painful situation for us to find a good USB-C or wireless headphone (for an extra price too). I wonder whether the HTC U11 headphones work with this smaller Pixel which is said to be built by HTC.
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    • Stop the slimming already.

      I would rather have more juice than a slim phone that will not matter once put into a decent case. When will this stupid madness end?
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    • Crichtonfan wrote:
      Aug 6th, 2017 11:33 pm
      Stop the slimming already.

      I would rather have more juice than a slim phone that will not matter once put into a decent case. When will this stupid madness end?
      The slimming is dumb, but I dislike the slight curves screen more. This just means I can't get a proper glass protector for the phone.

      I go with no case, well actually a super thin case, not even thick enough to protrude passed the buttons, but I couldn't use a glass screen protector because of the stupid but off curve on the edges.

      My screen still looks good, but there are a bunch of tiny scratches on it. Not noticable when turned on, but I would have rather had those on a glass screen protector.
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    • Grow up and learn to use phones without a case or a screen protector.
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    • I think the original Pixel and Pixel XL saw success because of the Note 7 mishap.

      I'm not sure how strong sales will be for Pixel 2 this year.
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    • rebel_rfd wrote:
      Aug 26th, 2017 9:03 am
      I'm not sure how strong sales will be for Pixel 2 this year.
      I purchased a Pixel XL in April for full price because I needed a phone. It was a disappointment, I'll probably upgrade when the new one is released in October.
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    • Yikes, looks like the Pixel XL2 is going to be $849 US. I guess we should have all expected that considering where the prices of phones are headed lately thanks to Samsung / Apple.

      Android Life.

      Too rich for my blood personally.
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