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Google confirms a Pixel 2 in the pipeline

Google is known to code name their flagship devices as aquatic animals and the latest rumour confirms just that.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL offered a lot underneath but didn’t quite live up to expectations in terms of design. Readers might recall that the original Pixel was eventually a bit of a rush job, leading to it missing out on expected features like water proof and more. One-quarter into 2017, rumours have started to gather pace for the next flagship from Google. After confirming the Pixel 2 during the round table conference at the MWC 2017, the company has accidentally confirmed the upcoming Pixel smartphones. As per a report by Android Police Google’s automated update bot, Treehugger accidentally confirmed the codenames of the upcoming flagship devices from Google which are Muskie and Walleye.

Going by the pattern, these devices are, perhaps, Pixel 2 lineup of smartphones given Google’s habit of code naming their flagship devices with fish names hinting the size of the device. Looking back, Nexus 4 was codenamed Mako, Nexus 5 was codenamed as Hammerhead and last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL were codenamed Sailfish and Marlin respectively. Now Muskie is about 17 kg in weight while Walleye is about 11 kg which makes us believe that Walleye is the smaller of the two. Meanwhile, Google is also expected to be working on another device codenamed Taimen, a fish which is a behemoth in size weighing 100 kgs. Now, there is a high possibility that this might be Google’s next tablet after Pixel C.

Recently, a report from 9To5Google hinted that Google might drop the 3.5 mm headphone jack given how the industry is slowly transitioning to the more advanced or even wireless devices for audio. Other rumours suggest Pixel 2 to sport an even better camera this time around, with Google ‘aiming to master low light photography with the next-generation device’. This makes sense, as Google has advertised the camera on the Google Pixel quite heavily and the company would try and make the camera even better for the upcoming device. The report further adds waterproofing for next device is “still on the table”, meaning that the company is still in doubts to add this feature or not.

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