The Google Pixel 2 XL As Muskie Surfaces On AOSP & Confirms Internal Code-names For 2017’s Trio

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Apr 5, 2017
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Google’s entry in the flagship smartphone world last year, turned a lot of heads. Finally, 10 years after the launch of the first iPhone, Mountain View believes that it’s confident enough to pull off flagship launches. The Pixel and Pixel XL are amazing smartphones, for a first time launch. Prior to 2016, Google generally launched its smartphones under the Nexus brand name and shipped them with stock, unadulterated Android for fans. But ever since the Huawei Nexus 6P, the company’s looked to capture the high-end market. Today, we’ve got some more information for the Pixel’s successors. Take a look below for more details.

Google Pixel 2 XL Codenamed As ‘Muskie’ Shows Up On Google AOSP

Not a lot is known for the Pixel and Pixel XL’s successors. The devices will not launch before fall, so there’s a lot of time for new information to surface. The original Pixel and Pixel Xl are interesting devices. Google took a solid approach with their rear camera sensors and the best part was that all the improvements made on the smartphone were software based. The devices feature an always on HDR mode and reduce noise significantly when compared to to other smartphones.

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At the hardware end, they feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, which is 14nm’s last hurrah for the US chip giant. They also feature unique color options, that add a much more casual approach to the entire flagship equation. Given these, the bar is even higher for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Interestingly, sources suggest that we’ll get three smartphones from Google this year. The third device, internally dubbed as ‘Taimen’ will not strictly be a Pixel smartphone.

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Putting Taimen aside, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are referred as ‘Walleye’ and ‘Muskie’ internally. Today, folks over at Android Police have caught Muskie at Google’s AOSP. As you can see in the image above, all three devices from Google are present. Given the nature of this leak, little information about their specifications has come to light. The little information that we do have so far suggests an interesting approach towards 2017’s Pixels.

Google’s not only expected to introduce dust and waterproofing for the devices, but it’ll also pay stronger attention to their hardware. Sources claim that custom chipsets are under testing for the Pixel and Pixel XL. While Google actually introducing such options with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is a long shot, it’s nice to hear about the company’s plans. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

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