2017 Google Pixel Successors Accidentally Confirmed, Appears In AOSP: Codenames Are Rather Fishy!

Apr 07, 2017 05:40 AM EDT | Andrew Davis


Successors of the Google Pixel have been in fact confirmed, accidentally. Codenamed after fish, these highly anticipated real Google smartphones have probably one of the best cameras on the market.

The keen eyes at Android Police were the first to caught sighting of these fish or devices, but definitely not food at Google's Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Anyway, the real culprit as to its confirmed successors is Google's automated update bot, Treehugger.

Treehugger was reporting for changes. Although there is really little information to work with, the trio of Google Pixel for 2017 are ever so present.

Now, what we do know so far is that the 2017 Google Pixel devices have a rather "fishy" codename. "Walleye" and "Muskie" have already been rumored a few weeks ago as the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, respectively. So, the third one is "Taimen," the biggest of the bunch.

This could be the third super-sized Pixel 2. But we won't know for sure unless Google provides further details other than speculations. However, if we look back on the company's flagship devices, which by the way were obsessively named after fishes, they give away the sizes of the phones.

In 2012, "Mako" was the codename for the 4.7-inch Nexus 4, followed by 2013 5-inch Nexus 5 as "Hammerhead." And then you have in 2014 "Shamu" as the 6-inch Nexus 6, and there is the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X in 2015 internally called as "Bullhead" and the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P as "Angler."

And as for 2016, the 5.1-inch Pixel codenamed "Sailfish" and 5.5-inch Pixel XL as "Marlin." See the pattern now?

As for the 2017 Google Pixels, the tech giant is expected to finally introduce dustproof and waterproof features to the anticipated devices. Also, the company could pay more attention to its hardware.

We won't see the 2017 Google Pixel devices until their launch before fall, as the company claims. So, there will still be ample amount of time for any changes to the unit. But we will keep our eyes peeled hoping to fish out more details in the long run. Until then, stay tuned.

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