According to The Verge, HTC and Google developed the Pixel 2 XL, but the search giant chose to cooperate with LG.
Google has developed a Pixel 2 XL with two companies: HTC has created a smartphone codenamed Muskie, and LG — Taimen. In the summer of 2017, Google has decided to stop developing Muskie and focus on collaboration with LG.
In the latest update, Android source code has information about an unknown smartphone Muskie. The code also says that HTC is the manufacturer of your device. The pixel density of the screen Muskie and the capacity of the battery coincide with the Pixel 2 XL. Based on this information, The Verge concluded that the Muskie was the first version Pixel 2 XL.
This assumption is confirmed by a person familiar with the plans of HTC and Google. According to him, HTC U11 Plus is the prototype, which Google rejected in favor of alternatives to the LG. He also said that the design and form U11 Plus similar to the development of Google and HTC.
Some similarities have HTC U11 and Pixel Plus 2 XL is. Both smartphones have a thumbprint scanner on the rear. Earlier HTC smartphones it was the front. The size and proportions of the displays are also the same: in U11 and Pixel Plus 2 XL with 6-inch screens with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The main difference is that in Pixel 2 XL used OLED-matrix, and U11 is installed IPS display.
HTC U11 Plus was presented on 2 November. The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 installed HTC Sense UI. U11 Plus supports two voice assistant: Assistant Google and Amazon’s Alexa. You can activate them by squeezing the side faces of the device. This technology is used HTC Edge Sense.
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