The Google Pixel 2 has been all over this week, with the most recent leak coming courtesy of WinFuture’s Roland Quandt, who bumped into a Google AOSP code with details of three devices codenamed Muskie, Walleye and Taimen.
According to the German publication, the alleged Google Pixel 2 will have up to three variants and all of them will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Well, this is nothing strange, considering that the two from last year were both powered by the same Snapdragon 821 SoC.
It is not the first time that a Google AOSP code has given out the possible codenames of the upcoming Google Pixel 2 device. However, it’s the first time we are actually getting details that could point towards an earlier than usual release date for the Pixel and Pixel XL successors.
If all goes according to plan, the Google Pixel 2 should be unveiled in Q4 2017, somewhere around October, just like it happened with last year’s Pixel phones. But according to a new discovery by Slashgear, it appears that the tech giant is already carrying out software tests on what could be prototypes of the Pixel 2. Apparently, David Zeuthen, who is Google’s senior software engineer, has already begun testing one of the Google Pixel 2 devices codenamed Walleye.
So, what does this mean? The simplest explanation to this, as per Slashgear, is that the tech giant already has some form of Google Pixel 2 hardware ready for testing purposes. On the other hand, this could also mean that the testing is simply happening on another Google Pixel or even Nexus device.
Sticking with the former case, it’s easy to assume that the search engine giant has already started works on the Google Pixel 2 this early in order to have enough time for doing software tests and optimizing the hardware of the device. Alternatively, it could also mean that Google has plans to shake up the release date of the next Pixel phone by coming in with the device at an earlier than usual date, probably in Q3 2017.
This is just a hunch and nothing concrete just yet, but we should get to know more details about the upcoming Muskie, Walleye and Taimen at the Google I/O 2017 event this coming month.