The Google Pixel is arguably the ugliest premium smartphone on the market, but it is also one of the best and packs a camera that dominates its rivals. And now Google has accidentally revealed its successors…
Following news last month that the company is planning to launch a third super-sized Pixel 2, a Google slip has confirmed the two ‘normal’ models. Credit for this goes to the eagled eyed team at Android Police, after the codenames ‘muskie’ and ‘walleye’ were picked up on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) gerrit.
Android Police notes “Google’s automated update bot, Treehugger, is the culprit this time, as it was reporting the targets for changes.”
While they remain just codenames at this stage, this does actually give something away because historically Google’s strange obsession with fish was always connected to their size:
2012 – 4.7-inch Nexus 4 (Mako)
2013 – 5-inch Nexus 5 (Hammerhead)
2014 – 6-inch Nexus 6 (Shamu)
2015 – 5.2-inch Nexus 5X (Bullhead), 5.7-inch Nexus 6P (Anger)
2016 – 5.1-inch Pixel (Sailfish), 5.5-inch Pixel XL (Marlin)
Consequently what we know about the 2017 Pixels is they have the fishy codenames walleye (typically circa 11kg / 24lbs), muskie (17kg / 38lbs) and – the monster – taimen (100kg / 220 lbs).
Given how much larger a taimen is, my theory is it could be a new tablet or laptop/hybrid rather than a smartphone. Then again Google does love to make smartphones with very large screens and Samsung just made 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays mainstream with the stunning Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. So have they have finally let Google off the leash?
Personally my preference would be a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and Chromebook Pixel 3 hybrid, but I’ll admit it would be a lot more fun to see what a ‘Pixel 2 XXL’ looks like…