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Since the initial batch of leaks concerning Google’s next generation Pixel, we have consistently heard that there will be three devices; Walleye, Muskie and Taimen. This was taken as Google introducing a new Pixel phablet into its product stack. Now a report from Android Police claims that Google has officially decided to ditch the Muskie concept in favour of Taimen.

Google Pixel XL 2 Taimen

Citing multiple reliable sources the report states that the original Pixel XL 2 codenamed Muskie has been cancelled in favour of the other large display which was codenamed Taimen. Originally speculated to be a phablet class device with a 6.0-inch plus display, it seems that the entire mandate for the device has been changed. The original Pixel successor which was codenamed Walleye though will remain and most likely retain the ~5.0-inch display. The Taimen though seems to be unconfirmed although it is likely the device will have a larger display than the 5.5-inch sported by the Pixel XL.

This is not the first time Google will be venturing into the land of large display sizes as the company has previously launched the Nexus 6P and Nexus 6 with 5.7-inch and 6.0-inch displays, respectively. Thanks to a shift to more minimalist bezel designs though and the new 18:9 ratio displays that have been introduced into the market we might see the upcoming Taimen feature these technologies to provide more screen-estate in a 5.7-inch package.

Apart from this information, 9to5Google today reported that LG might be the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) behind Taimen. The company is no stranger to working on Google devices as they were involved with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5X. The report is based on a bug report entry from March 2017 in the Android Issue Tracker. The bug report was raised by an LG employee who was then guided by a Google representative to move the same under Android > Partner > External > LGE > Taimen > Power in the Issue Tracker.
If both these reports are true, it maybe that LG is indeed working on Taimen. Which implies that Google will not use a singular OEM for all its requirements and will use them depending on the prototypes they submit, as was the case during the Nexus era. The collaboration with LG also explains why Google has been investing in their ties and maybe Muskie might carry a 18:9 aspect ratio display.
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  • LIAM Attard

    soo… back to nexus, but more premium