1. Ichwardort's Avatar
    I was looking around the web to get a little more insight into this briefly introduced feature of the pixel2. It seems HTC actually started this idea in the U11 some years ago.
    So is the Pixel2 really using a squeezable frame to register interaction or do they rely on touching the edges of the display to register a 'squeeze'?
    10-11-2017 02:44 AM
  2. jasonaward's Avatar
    I was looking around the web to get a little more insight into this briefly introduced feature of the pixel2. It seems HTC actually started this idea in the U11 some years ago.
    So is the Pixel2 really using a squeezable frame to register interaction or do they rely on touching the edges of the display to register a 'squeeze'?
    It works with cases on it, so I think it's pretty safe to assume that it's using pressure sensors.
    10-11-2017 04:35 AM
  3. jasonaward's Avatar
    I was looking around the web to get a little more insight into this briefly introduced feature of the pixel2. It seems HTC actually started this idea in the U11 some years ago.
    So is the Pixel2 really using a squeezable frame to register interaction or do they rely on touching the edges of the display to register a 'squeeze'?
    Here you go:
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    10-11-2017 04:41 AM
  4. vansmack's Avatar
    It seems HTC actually started this idea in the U11 some years ago. So is the Pixel2 really using a squeezable frame to register interaction or do they rely on touching the edges of the display to register a 'squeeze'?
    The HTC U11 was released in June of 2017.

    And yes, it is a squeezable physical frame that you set up on the phone to distinguish between holding the phone and an intended squeeze.
    10-11-2017 12:36 PM
  5. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I hope I don't break my phone with my Kung Fu grip
    Aquila and horseybob like this.
    10-11-2017 01:29 PM
  6. pstellato73's Avatar
    I played with one in the Verizon store near me. It's not touch enabled. You have to give it a slight squeeze, but it's not what you might think. It's kind of like a big button and triggers the Google assistant. So it should work well with a case on it and it's actually a pretty good implementation. I was skeptical at first myself. The sides are not soft or anything. I was expecting like a soft rubbery area. It's not like that. It provides a vibration feedback as well. But you have to squeeze it for it to go off. It won't just start Google assistant by touching both sides.
    10-15-2017 07:41 AM
  7. Richard Servello's Avatar
    you squeeze it to activate Assistant.
    10-16-2017 08:52 PM
  8. vzwuser76's Avatar
    One word...magic fairie dust.
    10-16-2017 09:38 PM
  9. Dutch R's Avatar
    I have a U11, soon to have a Pixel 2 XL. The squeeze function on the U11 works well - it took me a few days to make it a habit. On the U11, the feature is customizable to launch compatible apps/functions. I had it set for Google assistant on a short squeeze and flashlight on a long squeeze.
    10-16-2017 11:28 PM
  10. vzwuser76's Avatar
    I have a U11, soon to have a Pixel 2 XL. The squeeze function on the U11 works well - it took me a few days to make it a habit. On the U11, the feature is customizable to launch compatible apps/functions. I had it set for Google assistant on a short squeeze and flashlight on a long squeeze.
    Hopefully Google opens up that squeeze functionality, I miss the 2 chop motion I had to open the camera I had on my Moto devices, a long squeeze would be even better.
    10-17-2017 07:27 AM
  11. Pixelfan56's Avatar
    am i the only one that would like the squeeze to activate the flashlight? when i need a flashlight, usually i need it quickly and i hate having to unlock the phone, scroll down from the top and pick flashlight
    10-17-2017 08:16 AM
  12. Slow_S10's Avatar
    Hopefully Google opens up that squeeze functionality, I miss the 2 chop motion I had to open the camera I had on my Moto devices, a long squeeze would be even better.
    Just double tap the power button with the screen on or off to immediately launch the camera. And the volume button works as a shutter.
    10-17-2017 08:45 AM
  13. Zod1010's Avatar
    I'm kind of surprised Google did this after Samsung got a ton of crap from their customers for dedicating a hardware feature to its assistant. Hopefully Google will see the error of their ways and allow us to map the squeeze feature to whatever we like.
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    10-17-2017 11:33 AM
  14. Large Hadron's Avatar
    I'm kind of surprised Google did this after Samsung got a ton of crap from their customers for dedicating a hardware feature to its assistant.
    Well it's not as easy to accidentally activate as the Bixby button, and you can turn it off (which Samsung resisted for several months).
    Hopefully Google will see the error of their ways and allow us to map the squeeze feature to whatever we like.
    Indeed. I'm sure the dev community will if they don't
    10-17-2017 02:13 PM
  15. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    I was looking around the web to get a little more insight into this briefly introduced feature of the pixel2. It seems HTC actually started this idea in the U11 some years ago.
    So is the Pixel2 really using a squeezable frame to register interaction or do they rely on touching the edges of the display to register a 'squeeze'?
    HTC did indeed introduce this feature, but it was just a few months ago on the HTC U11.

    The feature works identically on the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL in terms of squeezing. You can adjust how much pressure it takes to launch, and it works in a case as well. All it does is open up Google Assistant, or silence an incoming call if you squeeze while it's ringing.

    Unlike the U11, it isn't configurable. The U11 was only slightly configurable out of the box, and a later software update added much more functionality and options. I could easily see Google doing the same with Android 8.1.
    10-17-2017 02:56 PM
  16. xaeryan's Avatar
    am i the only one that would like the squeeze to activate the flashlight? when i need a flashlight, usually i need it quickly and i hate having to unlock the phone, scroll down from the top and pick flashlight
    You're not the only one!
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    10-17-2017 03:12 PM
  17. vansmack's Avatar
    am i the only one that would like the squeeze to activate the flashlight? when i need a flashlight, usually i need it quickly and i hate having to unlock the phone, scroll down from the top and pick flashlight
    Squeeze the frame, tell google assistant to turn on the flash light. Works like a charm.
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    10-17-2017 05:43 PM
  18. hal1's Avatar
    Hopefully Google opens up that squeeze functionality, I miss the 2 chop motion I had to open the camera I had on my Moto devices, a long squeeze would be even better.
    It was 2 chop for the flashlight, twist for the camera - but i know what you meant; Dang those Motos/Turbos were great.
    10-17-2017 07:14 PM
  19. vzwuser76's Avatar
    Just double tap the power button with the screen on or off to immediately launch the camera. And the volume button works as a shutter.
    Sorry, I messed up, that should've been two chops for the flashlight. On that same phone, two twists of your wrist opened the camera.
    10-18-2017 12:21 AM
  20. vzwuser76's Avatar
    It was 2 chop for the flashlight, twist for the camera - but i know what you meant; Dang those Motos/Turbos were great.
    Yeah I caught that after reading slow_s10's reply. I agree, a lot of things that are just coming out on other phones were on those Motorola phones 4 years ago. IMHO, Moto Voice was superior to assistant in that you could set your own hot phrase, Moto Display (especially on the Droid Turbo with the IR sensors) was superior to Always on Display, and Moto Assist was just plain excellent, and their gesture actions were ahead of their time. It's almost as if Google was using Motorola as their experimental division.
    10-18-2017 12:28 AM
  21. Ichwardort's Avatar
    HTC did indeed introduce this feature, but it was just a few months ago on the HTC U11.

    The feature works identically on the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL in terms of squeezing. You can adjust how much pressure it takes to launch, and it works in a case as well. All it does is open up Google Assistant, or silence an incoming call if you squeeze while it's ringing.

    Unlike the U11, it isn't configurable. The U11 was only slightly configurable out of the box, and a later software update added much more functionality and options. I could easily see Google doing the same with Android 8.1.
    After your initial period of testing the Pixel 2 and 2 XL how often did you incidentally trigger the assistant by squeezing the phone while pulling it out of your pockets. Does this feature also work while the screen is off?
    10-18-2017 08:34 AM
  22. josh west2's Avatar
    Exactly, they should have just left it open to use as HTC did, I hate the "bixby" button. My wife has it the s8 and it's just a waste of a button.
    10-19-2017 08:39 PM

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