The Google Pixel 2 has missed out on one brilliant key feature that was offered with the original Google Pixel. But with 30 seconds of work and an Android phone, you can pretend like you've got Google's newest flagship, thanks to the release of the Pixel 2 default launcher.
Courtesy of the good folks over at XDA, the Pixel 2's custom Pixel Launcher and updated Google Camera app with Motion Photo and Face Retouching are available for download and installing on other Android-powered devices. "The case offers a sleek design while offering heavy-duty protection to the Google Pixel's impressive new camera". Thus, Google made a smart move by moving the Search bar to the bottom of the screen. This new Google Assistant feature appears to still be rolling out and will work for the Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and devices with built-in Chromecast capability. It will also inform you about the weather forecast, as long as location services are enabled.
It's not uncommon for device manufacturers to build out features that eventually make their way back to AOSP, which then get adopted on Google's Nexus/Pixel line and then to pretty much all other Android phones. You can grab it now from XDA-Developers and install it on your current device with a little extra work.
Note that the Wallpaper app crashes for some users and live wallpapers can't be selected in it. However, it doesn't cost you anything to try it out.
One of the Pixel 2's top features is its camera, which scored an unprecedented 98 out of 100 from the camera quality testers at DxOMark. Pixel users enjoy unlimited cloud storage for their photos in the original format, but with the new Pixel 2, it was confirmed that the unlimited* storage will end in 2020.