Years later, a youtuber released a video about HTC’s “muskie”, which would have been the Google Pixel 2 XL that never became … And in these frames a whole Pixel 2 fits!
Four years have passed since Google presented us with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two smartphones to order the Android catalog that had to be done by HTC, although in the end and in an unexpected twist, Google handed over responsibility for the Pixel 2 XL to South Korea’s LG at the last minute without revealing any of the reasons.
Development was already well advanced, in fact, as HTC itself was using this platform to launch its HTC U11 +, and when it seemed like we would never know why this Google Pixel 2 XL code name “Muskie” had never come to be, a YouTube channel and xda developers showed us a prototype of this Pixel 2 XL ‘made by HTC’, which shows very clearly why Google abandoned its design.
This would have been the Google Pixel 2 XL that was never made by HTC.
Yes friends, the rear is very similar to what we saw with LG’s Pixel 2 XL, with its matte and glossy two-color finish, single camera with LED flash It is the upper left corner and the fingerprint reader is centered in the most comfortable position.
The difference was on the front, where prototype unveiled by Calyx Hikari reveals huge frames, in which talking in silver is almost a Pixel 2, and that they would have been out of tune in a market I was already looking for the full front view as optimized as possible.
In those front bezels, a Pixel 2 almost fits, so in my opinion Google was right to ditch it and make way for LG at a time when ‘full-view’ designs were a trend and, as we’ve seen later, They were here. to stay.
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Is that the only reason Google scrapped the HTC Pixel 2 XL?
The truth is we do not officially know the motivations the decision to keep the Pixel 2 at the helm of HTC and to switch manufacturing from the Pixel 2 XL to LG, I am sure that we will never have official positions on Google. to clarify the doubt.
In any case, it is clear that at least This HTC “Muskie” prototype shows oversized top and bottom bezels on his forehead, something that would have killed him before he left for a dated look and absolutely out of the ordinary with what users needed at the time, at the end of 2017.
Obviously there are loopholes for the two front stereo speakers from top to bottom, but that in itself does not justify such a poorly optimized panel regarding device size.
Whether or not this is the only reason, it seems strong to undo the “Muskie” and give way to an LG Pixel 2 XL that met the expectations of the time, although it never became a bestseller on the platform.
Also, the video posted let us see a software tour installed on the prototype, which still seems to not have the digitizer or at least it was not functional, interaction is done via mouse pointer like any other PC and without using the touch screen.
You can see Android 8.0 Oreo embryos with the security patches of May 2017 and justify Google’s decision as I do then certainly this design on the Pixel 2 XL would not have been successful. and in fact, it would only have provoked criticism from Google and HTC… For me, the success of Google! And for you?
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