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Google Pixel XL 2 or Walleye Got Canceled


Some new information has appeared related to the smartphone flagships Google is set to release this year. As far as it seems, one of the models has been canceled. If you remember, last year Google rebranded the Nexus phone into the Pixel series, thus releasing the Pixel and Pixel 2. This year, everybody expected these two phones to get a sequel, and the rumors up until now have been hinting towards three smartphones Google was working on.

The Three Rumored Phones

The three phones everybody was expecting this year were a Pixel 2 model wearing the codename Walleye, a Pixel XL 2 sequel with the codename Muskie and a third device dubbed Taimen for now, about which we didn’t know very much.

Recently, however, 9to5Google issued a bug report that makes some interesting discoveries. As it seems, Google has decided now to quit the Muskie device altogether, which was supposed to be the successor for the Pixel XL. Instead, it seems that the tech giant decided to replace it and stick to the Taimen model. As such, 2017 will not bring three Google handsets, but only two.

What’s more interesting, the Taimen phone may be manufactured by LG, which is the company that produced the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5X also for Google a couple of years ago. Up until now, people believed that HTC would be the company to produce the second generation of the Pixel series, but the bug discovered recently shows otherwise.

According to the rumors, Taimen will be bigger than the Pixel XL, even though we don’t know yet how large will they be. It might look like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the LG G6, which have an aspect ratio of 18:5:9, respectively 18:9. It remains to be seen whether this rumor will be confirmed though.