Sep 14th, 2017

After a billboard spilled the beans a little early, Google has officially confirmed there will be a Pixel 2 event on October 4th. They also put up a landing page and released a teaser video for the event. Google has been known to drop hints about future products and the teaser video is full of interesting morsels.

The teaser video features a bunch of questions being entered into a Google search bar. Common sense says these are questions that Google is going to answer with the Pixel. So let’s take a look at the problems the Pixel 2 could solve.

1. What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?

Battery life is always an issue. It seems like no one is really happy with their phone’s battery life. The sad thing is manufacturers don’t seem to care. We’ve seen countless devices get smaller batteries over time. You can find a few devices with big batteries, but they’re usually not flagship-level phones. This is a problem that clearly needs fixing.

The size of the battery is something we don’t know yet, but software is another thing that plays a part in battery life. Android Oreo has a feature called “Vitals” that is supposed to improve battery life and stability. It limits the background activity of less-used apps so they’re not draining the battery. This will likely be a big focus for the Pixel 2.

2. Why is my phone always out of storage?

This one seems pretty obvious. Last year, Google gave Pixel users unlimited photo and video backup with Google Photos. And this wasn’t just the regular backups that everyone can use. Pixel users can store full resolution photos and videos. Any photo or video uploaded directly from the phone doesn’t count toward your storage space.

Google will most definitely include this same feature with the Pixel 2. Honestly, it’s one of the best features of the Pixel phones. All your photos and videos are automatically backed up at full resolution. You never have to think about how much space is left on your phone.

3. Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?

The camera was a huge focus on the original Pixel and it still holds up today. The Pixel is the highest rated phone camera on DxOMark. Apple announced a bunch of new camera features on the iPhone X, so Google will have to up their game again to stay on top.

There haven’t been too many rumors about the Pixel 2’s camera. One rumor suggested the Pixel 2 won’t have dual-cameras like a lot of other smartphones these days. All we can assume is that the camera will be a big focus again and it will be improved upon in some way. Google obviously cares about photos a lot (hence Google Photos), so it’s only natural they would equip the next Pixel with a great camera.

4. Why doesn’t my phone understand me?

This one is a little more abstract. “Why doesn’t my phone understand me?” could mean a number of things. I’m betting it has to do with Google Assistant, but not just in the sense that it can understand your voice. Google Assistant is good at understanding what you mean even if you don’t use an exact phrase. You can talk to Assistant more naturally than other virtual assistants.

The question could also be about personalization. Why doesn’t your phone know what you want before you need it? Why doesn’t your phone understand what you like? Things like that. Could the Pixel have a new level of Android personalization?

5. Why can’t my phone update itself?

This one probably has to do with Project Treble. This is a big change to the foundation of Android. It’s a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for manufacturers to deliver software updates. For the Pixel 2, that’s not really a huge concern. Google alone controls the updates. But now Google can easily update parts of the phone.

Google has been building to this for a long time. They put system apps in the Play Store for easy updating and hopefully Project Treble can do something similar for the Android OS. “Update itself” could also suggest that the phone can perform updates without you even knowing about it.

6. Why is my smartphone so slow/hot/fragile/etc?

The last line in the teaser shows a bunch of different things. They basically boil down to “why is my smartphone slow?” and “why is my smartphone broken?” In terms of speed, the Pixel 2 is rumored to have the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. Every phone I’ve used with that configuration has been speedy.

The “broken” part is more interesting. Could the Pixel 2 be made of a more durable material? This probably means nothing more than they will be using Gorilla Glass 5 and it will finally be IP68 rated. None of the rumors so far have suggested the Pixel 2 will have some sort of super durable build, but that would be really cool.

What do you think?

That’s our interpretation of the teaser video, what’s yours? Has Google snuck in a few Easter Eggs in these simple questions? Or is this just a standard hype video that doesn’t mean much? Let us know below. While we wait for the Pixel 2 announcement, catch up on some of the other rumors below.

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