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Rick Osterloh, SVP Hardware at Google, introduces the Pixel Phone by Google during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2016. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

If a report from South Korea’s Electronic Times is to be believed, the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones will be highly innovative and progressive. Google has reportedly invested US$880 million (AU$1,160 million approx) in a titanic deal with LG Display for supply of flexible OLED displays.

This is a logical move from Google as its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones faced a lot of supply problems. Moreover, the deal will ensure that the next generation smartphones have a more premium and stylist look. Many consider the Pixel XL smartphone as the best smartphone of 2016. In fact, there are many who have found the XL’s camera to be better than the Samsung Galaxy S8’s camera. The flexible OLED displays that Google is about to procure from LG Display are of the same category as Samsung has used for the stunning, curved Infinity Displays in Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

However, LG Display is yet to finalise the deal and is currently considering the proposal carefully. It has its hands full as Apple also wants millions of such displays from the company for its Apple iPhone 8, 10th anniversary edition. Forbes reports that in case the news is correct, it is unlikely that the search giant will put all its eggs in one basket. It will definitely have another alternative ready, should the deal with LG Display never take off.

There are also reports claiming that the company is making radical design changes to its upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The design and look of the Pixel and Pixel XL handsets were the only area they were criticised continuously, despite receiving admiration on all other fronts. Google seems pretty serious about its upcoming releases, as it takes another leap at becoming a smartphone giant. The flexible OLED displays do not necessarily mean that the smartphone screens will be curved.

Pixel and Pixel XL handsets did not have curved displays. That is why many believe Google will incorporate curved screens in its upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. If that is true, the next generation Pixels will be having the most-loved Galaxy S8 feature. The Google phones have a tough road ahead as they will have to compete against some of the best devices in the market today, including LG G6, Apple iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 and a possible Galaxy Note 8. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on the Google’s upcoming smartphones.