Google’s Pixel was touted as the best Android Phone last year, and it will sure carry that label until the flagships from LG or Samsung show up. Despite having production hiccups, Google has managed to earn the love of its devoted Android fans with Pixel and Pixel XL, and the Mountain View Company is now eyeing to firmly establish its emerging business.
Indeed, Pixel and Pixel XL was the Kickstarter for Google to foray onto the smartphone hardware business, and it was expected that the company would introduce two new devices this year. They are reportedly codenamed Muskie and Walleye. But interestingly, a new device is also said to be now on works, which however will be a different device rather than the Pixel and Pixel XL successor.
The one in debate is codenamed Taimen, and it is said to be a separate project from the Muskie and Walleye devices internally. It’s also said to be a bigger device than the Pixel successors. That said, the Taimen device won’t be a tablet or hybrid device either, and would be coming out as a smartphone, possibly as a bigger phablet.
The biggie phone factor is also reflected in the Taimen codename. Google has had the habbit of codenaming its devices with aquatic fauna. Marlin (Pixel), Sailfish (Pixel XL), Hammerhead (Nexus 5), Shamu (Nexus 6) and Angler (Nexus 6P) are all named with this rule in mind, and so are the new devices. Interestingly, the Taimen is a larger fish, which however doesn’t entirely hint for a bigger smartphone.
Nothing more is known about the device including the interior specification. It needs to be seen whether the bigger device will be skipping the flagship specifications unlike the Pixel successors that’s expected to be the most expensive from Google with all its flagship features.