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Google's New Phones Tap Services, Software to Chase Apple

  • Pixel 2 line lacks all-screen fronts of iPhone X, Samsung S8
  • New models can be squeezed to summon voice-based assistant
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Google's Head of Pixel Phone on Latest Devices

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Google introduced new versions of its Pixel smartphones that lack key hardware features of the latest devices from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. But the internet giant is trying to make up for that with tighter software and services integration.

The upgraded phones were presented at a press conference in San Francisco Wednesday. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch screen, while the Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch screen. There are also new cameras that support virtual and augmented-reality experiences.