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Google, HTC reportedly working on Pixel 2-series smartphones; references spotted in HTC U11 code

If the latest report is to be believed, HTC will continue to manufacture next generation of 'Made By Google' Pixel smartphones.

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The second generation Google Pixel smartphones are still months away from the official unveiling, and leaks continue to pour in. Now,  a recent report suggests that Google will continue collaborating with HTC to manufacture the ‘Made By Google’ smartphones and the traces of same have been found in the HTC U11 flagship smartphone that was recently launched by the Taiwanese smartphone giant.

According to a Japanese blog, Soku traces of the new Pixel 2 smartphones have reportedly been discovered in a system file pre-stored on HTC U11. A series of code names for HTC smartphones, dubbed as S2 and M2 were found in the system files of the HTC flagship. For the uninitiated, the first generation Google Pixel smartphones were designed and manufactured by HTC. Both smartphones were codenamed S1 and M1, Xda-developers notes.

An earlier report backed by an alleged Pixel 2 benchmark, hinted that it is not HTC, but South Korean Corporation LG which is manufacturing the next generation of Pixel smartphone. Also, the latest set of information obtained by XDA-Developers reveals key specifications of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, codenamed as Taimen and Walleye.

As per reports, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is currently top-notch in class. The chipset currently powers the OnePlus 5, HTC U11 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. ALSO READ: HTC U11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs LG G6 vs Google Pixel: Price, specification, features compared

Google Pixel smartphones are said to get a complete revamp in terms of design as it might discontinue the legacy duo-tone back panel and rather sport a monotone rear build from an amalgamation of glass and metal. It is expected to come with improved IP68 certification aginst waterproofing and dust resistance. Another feature that might be seen on Google Pixel 2 smartphones is the end-to-end stretched 4K UHD display with thin bezels and sleek design. Google is said to launch the Google Pixel 2-smartphones later this year in October.