It’s all but confirmed that Google will be launching its next-generation Pixel smartphones sometime this year. Now a new leak allegedly reveals what they are known internally — and yes, the marine theme continues. Like last year, two models are expected to launch, and they are reportedly codenamed ‘Muskie’ and ‘Walleye’.
The folks at AndroidPolice spotted the Walleye codenamed smartphone running on Android OS on the Android Open Source Project. While the Muskie wasn’t spotted on AOSP, it was revealed by a source, and the publication is quite confident about the authenticity of the leak. The report also confirms that like last year, the two models of the upcoming Pixel smartphones will be differentiated by size. Unfortunately, not much else is known about these smartphones.
As with such leaks, we will ask you to take it with the proverbial pinch of salt, but there’s no ignoring the pattern here. Google has stuck to marine-themed codenames for its Nexus and Pixel smartphones. The Nexus 6 was codenamed Shamu, while last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were codenamed Sailfish and Marlin respectively. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 to reportedly drop the 3.5mm headphone jack
At MWC 2017 earlier this month, Google’s head of hardware Rick Osterloh confirmed that the Pixel 2 smartphones will be launched sometime this year. He also hinted that Google will be following the same premium pricing strategy for the next-generation Pixel smartphones. To remind you, prices for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in India start from Rs 57,000. That said, there have been reports that Google is developing an affordable smartphone as well, codenamed ‘Pixel 2B’, which will be aimed at emerging markets. Needless to say, this affordable smartphone won’t be as powerful or carry top-of-the-line specifications and features like its premium counterparts.