Google Pixel 2 pops up on AOSP

Google Pixel 2 Concept
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Rumors so far have hinted that Google is hard at work on 3 different flagship devices this year. These could be two regular Pixel 2 phones and one super-sized one. Now a new report has caught the new entries on the brand’s own Android Open Source Project (AOSP) forums.

To recall, the next-gen Pixels are believed to be codenamed walleye, muskie, and taimen. Android Police has now uncovered all 3 terms buried within the AOSP gerrit. Google’s Treehugger update bot was reporting the targets for changes.

Unfortunately, little else can be gleaned from the sighting. Still, it leads further credence to the theory that Google is coming out with 3 high-end products this year. Moreover, each name corresponds to a type of fish, in keeping with the company’s penchant for aquatic codenames.

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Going by the size of each fish, walleye probably corresponds to the Pixel 2, muskie to the Pixel 2 XL, and taimen to the Pixel 2 XXL. It should be noted that these names haven’t been confirmed yet. The last may not even be a phone. It could be a tablet or a laptop-tablet 2-in-1. There’s a chance it’s not even related to the Pixel lineup and is in fact a completely separate series.

Google has been tight-lipped about the second generation of its flagship smartphones. Till date, it’s only confirmed that the handsets are coming out later this year and will stay premium. The latter assertion threw cold water over expectations that the firm might be thinking of producing a cheaper version dubbed the Pixel 2B.