Google Determined to Chase the iPhone With Upcoming Pixel Upgrades

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Android P is explicitly created to allow developers to build content around notches, so the focus appears to be on using software to avoid the design issue rather than building rectangular hardware.

Millions of gadget fans around the world are waiting anxiously for Google to take the wraps off of its next-generation Pixel phones. Instead, Bloomberg says, Google will utilize Foxconn, the China-based manufacturing giant that also makes iPhones and virtually every other consumer electronics device you've ever heard of. In the US, Verizon will once again be the exclusive carrier and the phones will be available via Google's own store in an unlocked state for those who want to be able to use them with their existing carriers.

The plans for the new Pixels could change before the phones are released, the people said.

According to a recent Android Police report, Google is working to develop iris scanner support that could compete with Apple's 3D scanning Face ID feature, that has been seen on the iPhone X. Of course, Google heavily relies on its HTC hardware team that it acquired a while back. We even get a tip about a future Pixel phone, with Bloomberg saying "Google aims to eventually remove the bezels completely in a future Pixel but is retaining the notch and chin this year to keep stereo speakers on the front of the phone".

Some Apple fans grumbled about the notch on the X and claimed it detracts from the aesthetic appeal of the edge to edge screen. The new Android P operating system lets developers build applications and interfaces that work around the cutout. The larger Pixel will also feature two camera lenses on the front of the phone, tucked in the notch, as well as a single camera on the back. Oddly, it will also continue to utilize a single rear camera lens, while all of the competition has long since moved to multiple lenses. It is also reported that Google started producing prototypes of the mainboards in large numbers in January itself, so expect more rumours in the coming days related to the Pixel 3 devices. After getting such a great response, however, he turned his attention to the smaller Pixel 3 model. At the top, you'll find the all-too-familiar notch popularized by the iPhone X, according to Bloomberg.

Google first introduced its line of Pixel smartphones in 2016, and released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in 2017.

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