Google is ironically doing a Samsung. When it was first leaked that the second generation Pixel would feature HTC’s Edge Sense, there were mostly two reactions. One was skepticism in the usefulness of such a feature and the other was relief that it is, at least, not a locked down as the Bixby Button. While the former still has to be proven, the latter has sadly just been debunked. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s squeezable Active Edge feature is hardcoded to launch Google Assistant or mute the ringer and nothing else, putting it on the same boat as Samsung Bixby.