During this same time a year ago, we have seen several rumors suggesting HTC to manufacture the Google smartphones for the next three years. In October 2016, Google also unveiled the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Though they are manufactured by HTC, they lack any branding of the OEM partner as seen on the Nexus devices. Now, the latest report hints LG to replace HTC as the manufacturer of the upcoming Pixel XL 2 smartphone. As of now, there is no confirmation whether HTC will be at least manufacturing the Pixel 2 or not.
The news came out after a bug report from LG employee is said to be moved to a certain folder (Android > Partner > External > LGE > Taimen > Power) by someone from Google. From the early leaks, we came to know that Google is already working on three devices codenamed Taimen, Walleye, and Muskie. However, the company will be finally launching only two devices, and those are expected to be the Taimen and Walleye. While the Taimen is expected to be the Pixel XL 2, the Walleye should be launched as the smaller Pixel 2.
Based on the few sources, we can unofficially confirm the Pixel XL 2 to be manufactured by LG. If the upcoming Pixel 2 devices come from two different manufacturers, we might see two different looking Pixel smartphones this year. Last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL came with different screen sizes but features the same design and almost similar specifications. Even with the huge popularity of the first gen Pixel devices, Google never had enough stocks, and few color options are out of stock for most of the time.
Even with the Nexus lineup, Google had collaborated with LG for quite a few times. The LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P are last devices to launch under the Nexus branding. Last year, LG V20 became the world’s first smartphone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, even before the Google’s own Pixel devices. The device will be running on the all new Android O out of the box and might come powered by the flagship Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. As we expect Google to unveil these two new Pixel devices only after the next couple of months, more leaks should be following soon. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!