Google has been rather efficient at preventing Pixel 2 leaks, which is why any piece of information is worth noting. This time, a report on Android Issue Tracker has revealed a device codenamed ‘Taimen’ from LG; which is widely rumoured to be the upcoming phone from Google.
Rumours have it that Google was working on three new devices under the Pixel brand: the “Walleye,” “Muskie,” and “Taimen.” Walleye and Muskie were replacements for the existing Pixel and Pixel XL, while the Taimen was supposed to be something much bigger than the XL.
However, it appears that Muskie has been discontinued and Taimen will be taking over the XL duties. Of course, this is all rumour and speculation. Aside from the existence of the Taimen in the Issue Tracker.
Jumping across manufacturers for devices is nothing new for Google, the first Pixel was made by HTC, and it did the same thing while putting out the Nexus brand. Still, it was assumed that the Pixel would be moving away from the practice to get a more consistent build and experience out of the device.
However, changing manufacturer now makes it more difficult to speculate on what might be in store for the Pixel 2. Of course, this may not matter much to Malaysian’s if Google insists on limiting the markets for the Pixel 2. It’s not like the Pixel is available across the globe, despite being out for a year now.
In other news, it appears that Google has sold at least one million Pixels this week. The company doesn’t actually reveal sales numbers for the device, but eagle eyed fans found a way to keep track. In this case it was using the Pixel Launcher app on the Google Play store. Downloads of this app are specific to the Pixel smartphone and the counter just ticked over from the 100,000-500,000 category to the 1,000,000-5,000,000 group. Indicating that for a short moment in time we’ve discovered how many devices have reached the market.