Google cancels second-gen Pixel XL, muskie, in favour of larger ‘taimen’ device: Report

Google next phone codenamed ‘taimen’ tipped to sport Snapdragon 835 SoC and likely run Google latest Android iteration, Android O.

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Highlights

    • Google next Pixel phone ‘muskie’ shelved in favour of larger ‘taimen’
    • LG reportedly manufacturing Pixel XL successor
    • The phone codemaned ‘taimen’ tipped to run Android O

Back in March, Google was reported to be working on Google Pixel second generation smartphones codenamed ‘walleye’ and ‘muskie’. Reports have also suggested that there might be a third device in the works, called Taimen which is said to be bigger than the next Pixel smartphones.

Now a new report from Android Police claims that Google has shelved its plan to release the Pixel smartphone that was codenamed ‘muskie’. The publication citing ‘reliable sources’ said that the supposed bigger device codenamed ‘taimen’ will be labelled as the second-generation Pixel XL smartphone. If the report turns out to be true then Google will release two new Pixel phones instead of three devices this year. The report however, didn’t cited any information as to why Google has cancelled the plans to shelve the device codenamed ‘muskie’.

In a separate report, 9to5 Google said that ‘taimen’ might be manufactured by LG. The publication citing an LG employee who it claims to have noted a ‘bug entry’ on the Android Issue Tracker titled “USB PD Compliance Failure”. The report further revealed that a Google employee in turn responded asking for the previously “discussed” bug to be closed and moved as-
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                                                                 Source: 9to5Google

While Android Police didn’t specified any reason regarding the supposed cancellation of ‘muskie’, 9to5 Google quoting a tipster said that the development on ‘muskie’ has likely stopped due to device not meeting ‘expected battery life’ and other ‘cost effective goals’. Previous rumours tipped that the phone codenamed ‘taimen’ will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip) and pack 4GB of RAM. The phone will likely run Google latest Android iteration, Android O.