What do we want from the Google Pixel 2?
It’s June, which means that we’re only a couple of months away from a new, delicious version of Android, and if history is any indicator, 4 to 5 months away from brand new Pixel phones.
Up until recently, we thought this year’s crop was to be a fairly predictable update to last year’s — two devices built by HTC with improved specs and a newer version of Android. But things change.
Walleye and Muskie
After the Pixel and Pixel XL were released in October, the rumor mill reformed to contribute some logical and some less logical propositions.
The first rumor that made sense was that HTC would once again be the manufacturer of two Pixel 2 models in 2017 and that perhaps the company had signed a multi-year contract with Google for the privilege.
The second rumor somewhat corroborated the code naming trend of previous years: references to devices named “walleye” and “muskie”, two freshwater fish native to parts of the U.S. and Canada, continued the aquatic animal-based naming conventions of many Nexus devices as well as the Pixel and Pixel XL. Those devices were codenamed “sailfish” and “marlin”, while the Nexus 5X was “bullhead” and the Nexus 6P “angler”.
Both “walleye” and “muskie” were expected to be HTC-built devices, with updated designs similar to that of the original Pixels.
And until March, that’s how we left things, until “taimen”.
In March, it came out that a third potential Pixel device was being produced, codenamed “taimen”, likely bigger than both “walleye” and “muskie”.
At the time, we didn’t know much about the device, but…
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