While trying to make sense of Google’s Pixel 2020 version of Google, an internal Android document reviewed by 9to5Google gives us our first idea of what to expect next year. According to the document, Google is developing Android versions for the Pixel 5a, the foldable Pixel and at least two other first-hand devices.
The document lists the compilations of Google’s mobile operating system for all publicly released Pixels from Pixel 2, including Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, the as-yet unannounced Google Pixel 5a (at first glance codenamed barbet)and three other devices in development with code names “Raven, “„avliga, “and”
Its possible “Raven“and”avliga“They may be Pixel 6 models (document not specified), but the third device,”passportIt is explicitly stated as “folding”. All three are referred to as “Q4 2021”, which may be an early indication that the Pixel foldable smartphone is making progress towards becoming a retail product.
In 2019 CNET reported that Google was “working on a foldable Pixel,” but Pixel’s head at the time, Mario Queiroz, only explicitly confirmed that the company was “prototyping the technology,” adding at the time that Google had been doing so “for a long time.” At the time, he said he did not think “there is still a clear case of use”, adding: “You do not need to have a folding at the moment. It’s kind of like “nice to have.” “
The document also notes that Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 are scheduled for “October”, in line with Google’s announcement of a “fall” and a noticeable slowdown in Pixel 4a. Beyond that, there is an explicit mention of the name of the Pixel 5a and the associated launch period “Q2 2021.” This device – which recently appeared in AOSP for the first time – is also described below as “a device at the lower end of the middle of the the year “.
Although this internal document points to future Pixel launches and reflects those currently in the works, its main purpose is to develop Android. As a result, it may not reflect the specific plans of Google’s hardware team. For example, a device codenamed “muskie” (attached pixel 2 XL prototype) appears in this document, making it clear that not all devices on the list make it.
When asked for comment, Google said it did not comment on rumors or speculation.
Stephen Hall, Abner Lee and Kyle Bradshaw contributed to this report.
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