Google’s working on a new Pixel, at least the rumors claim to know a Pixel 2 is coming. According to Droid Life, the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is code named “Walleye” and “Muskie” respectively. The confirmation means Google will follow last year’s announcement and release cycle; we’ll have an October event with the pre-orders happening directly afterward. The code leaks happen because Google commits code to the Android Open Source Project, which is parsed by Android Police and other Android-focused outlets.
Fish Codenames for Google Smartphones:
- 2012: Nexus 4 (Mako)
- 2013: Nexus 5 (Hammerhead)
- 2014: Nexus 6 (Shamu)
- 2015: Nexus 5X (Bullhead)
- 2015: Nexus 6P (Angler)
- 2016: Pixel (Sailfish)
- 2016: Pixel XL (Marlin)
- 2017: Pixel 2 (Walleye)
- 2017: Pixel 2 XL (Muskie)
- 2017: Pixel XXL (Taimen)
Google’s code names have traditionally been associated with the phone’s size; each code name is a fish. There is another code name, Taimen, which might be a Pixel tablet or Pixel C successor. Either way, there is a large Pixel device coming that will rival the Nexus 6 (Shamu) device.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have a curved screen and smaller body
Rumors point to Google using a curved screen like the Samsung Galaxy S8. LG would supply the display, which would give Google a large manufacturing partner to keep up with demand. The Pixel 1, which I just bought 2nd hand, is a pain to find on the Google Store or at Verizon stores. A lot of sources point to Google’s partner, HTC, having troubles producing the phone at such high values.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the next Pixel will look like. Google has to compete with Samsung and LG, plus they have the next iPhone to contend with. The first Pixel exceeds expectations, with the first truly optimized version of Android gracing our hands.
Tell us in the comments below – what do you think about the next Pixel? Are you going to upgrade to the phone or purchase an S8 or LG G6?