Hands-on: Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL, mainly because I planned to migrate my business line from Google Voice to a stand-alone phone early on, and I think Android phone will give me a good chance to follow me on the platform. feature.

As you may have heard, the latest developer beta for Android has just been released, called Android P, and it’s easy for Google to register and install a beta on a select few Android phones.

One thing I am interested in Android P is its updated multitasking interface. This interface is similar to the iPhone X because the application switcher can be invoked with a swipe gesture.

Although Android P is still in beta, I want to show how some of the Pixel XL 2’s multitasking capabilities stack up with the iPhone X. Please watch our actual video drill for more information.

Invoking the application switcher

Calling the app switcher on Google Pixel is similar to the iPhone X because it requires a swipe gesture from the bottom of the display. The mechanism is slightly different, but the final result is the same.

Swiping in an application is similar, because all running applications are displayed through the familiar card interface.

The animation on the Pixel 2 XL is not as fluid as the iPhone X. This should not be surprising. In terms of animation, the lack of rubber bands is still very different, but in addition, I found that the animation on Pixel 2 XL is a little jerky.

Of course, it is running a developer beta (and so is iPhone X), but I always think that this is one of the major weaknesses of Android from a visual interaction perspective.

Video walkthrough

Beside the animations though, I really like the Pixel 2 XL app switching interface. It’s a little on the cluttered side, but it comes with several useful features.

A group of five recently-used apps are displayed at the bottom of the interface, along with the Google Search bar and Google Assistant above.

The Pixel 2 XL app switching interface reminds me of some of the jailbreak tweaks that used to be popular on the iPhone when jailbreaking was big — it’s not as clean looking as Apple’s solution, but it’s arguably more functional.

Quickly switch between the last two applications

Small rounded corners at the bottom of the Pixel 2 XL interface act as home buttons and are used to invoke Google Assistant buttons and how to quickly switch applications. A quick swipe on the home button will drag and drop between the last two applications.

iPhone X has a similar swipe feature on the home indicator at the bottom of the screen. The user can quickly switch between the two most recently used applications by swiping right to interact with the application and then swiping right again.

By applying a fast cycle

Like the iPhone X, you can quickly slide through the application without calling the full application switcher interface on the Pixel 2 XL. Again, I found that the iPhone X is more beautiful in this area and the animation is better.

Force the application to close

Forcing the application to close on Pixel 2 XL is similar to forcing the application to close on iPhone. After the application switcher is displayed, slide up on the application card you want to close. It is true that forcing the application to close on the iPhone X first requires a long press, but the method is roughly the same.

Accessing the app drawer

The app drawer is the central location that houses all of the apps installed on your Pixel 2 XL, and there is no real equivalent to it on iOS.

To access the app drawer, swipe up from the bottom of the screen while the app switcher is displayed, or swipe up from the home screen in one fluid motion.

Split Screen

The split screen feature has been on Android for a long time, and it is still the feature I want to see on the iPhone.

Invoking split screen mode on Pixel 2 XL simply taps the icon at the top of the application card when the application switcher is open.

From there you can choose to call the split screen, so that you can select the second application you want to use from other application cards, recent applications or application drawers.


iOS has picture-in-picture support, but it is limited to the iPad. With Pixel 2 XL, you can hold the Home button while playing a video to enjoy picture-in-picture video support. This is one of my most wanted features to see the iPhone.

Quick application rotation

Rotary locks have existed for many years now, but the amount of user control in the direction of the screen is limited at most.

Android P introduces a feature that allows you to quickly switch application orientations when you press a button without affecting the rotation lock setting.

This means that even if your auto-rotation is disabled, you can quickly switch between portrait and landscape.

This is technically not a multitasking feature, but I found it very useful, so I must include it.


Stock Android is a great experience. Apple and Google learn from each other. Android P, like its predecessor, is still lacking in animation fluency, but the situation has improved over the years.

In terms of functionality, iOS can definitely get some clues from Android, especially when it comes to the iPhone with picture-in-picture, split-screen and enhanced application positioning options.

The Pixel 2 XL is not my “day-to-day driver,” but next to the iPhone X, it’s a great camera. It’s a rugged, second-generation phone.

Stay tuned for future installments as I will compare and contrast other Apple-related products with other products.