Will Google Surprise Us All With The Launch Of Pixel 2 At The Upcoming I/O Event?

1 May 2017, 9:11 am EDT By Andrew Norman Tech Times
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Reports revealed that the Google Pixel 2 smartphone could launch soon. The device is expected to be shown off at the I/O event slated for mid-May.  ( Ramin Talaie | Getty Images )

Reports indicate that the next-gen Pixel smartphone from Google — the Pixel 2 — may make an appearance soon. It is speculated that the company may share some details on the upcoming smartphone at its I/O event, which is slated for mid-May.

A leaked report about a Google engineer owning the Pixel 2 device has given rise to the rumors of its early arrival.

AOSP Gerrit Leaks Google Pixel 2?

The engineer in question may have unwittingly revealed that he owns the Google Pixel 2 handset, thanks to some code in Android's code commit. The code commits on AOSP Gerrit present fans with a ray of hope that Google has already made a working model of its impending handset.

"Finally got around to manually testing this on a walleye device," the engineer, named David Zeuthen, says in one of the comments.

However, the engineer's comment does not directly refer to the Pixel 2 by name. According to older leaks, Google plans to launch three next gen- smartphones. These are codenamed Muskie, Taiwen, and Walleye for the Pixel 2 XL, Pixel XXL, and Pixel 2, respectively.

Zeuthen's reference that he tested some aspect on the Walleye device suggests that the engineer got his hands on a working Pixel 2 prototype.

However, a probability exists that an older-gen Pixel or Nexus device is running the software the Pixel 2 will possibly deploy. The same conditions may then be adapted for the final device once it is ready. The simplest way to explain the leaked comment is that Google is testing out the future versions of Android on the Google Pixel 2.

Google Pixel 2: Rumored Specs

Weeks of speculations and rumors have led to a string of theories about what the next-gen Google Pixel smartphone will feature. The Google smartphone may sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) display. The Pixel 2 will likely be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is used by the Galaxy S8.

Rumors are rife that the Pixel 2 could supported functionalities such as Daydream VR, Google Assistant, and Pixel Launcher. The next smartphone is expected to come pre-loaded with Google's Android O or Android Oreo operating system.

It cannot be said with certainty whether the engineer's comment meant that the Google Pixel 2 was nearly ready. However, the company may possibly share more details regarding its upcoming smartphone during Google I/O, which is slated for May 17, 18, and 19.

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