Did you know that Nexus devices are codenamed after fish?

Did you know that Nexus devices are codenamed after fish?
Did you know that just like it uses the name of sweets like Ice Cream Sandwich (and, cough, Lemon Meringue Pie, cough) as codenames of Android releases, Google has a series codenames for all of its Nexus devices, and all of them are named after fish. 

And while you can't see statues of those various types of fish like you see of sweets in the Googleplex, those are nonetheless some curious choices. Moreover, whenever we see a leak of a device carrying a fish codename, we can be almost certain that it's a Nexus gadget.

We pick up the aquatic theme for the Nexus series with the tablets: while the successful Nexus 7 by Asus featured the codename 'Tilapia', the larger Nexus 10 carried the mightier (and quite fitting) 'Manta' moniker.

And when it comes to smartphones, the Galaxy Nexus was developed under the ‘Tuna’ moniker. Not all that inspiring? Well, next year's Nexus 4 had a much more impressive 'Mako' shark codename. Last year's Nexus 5 was also named after a fish - the 'Hammerhead', and with it, we arrive to current times when we're all eagerly anticipating the mysterious 'Shamu', the name of an orca killer whale that served as an inspiration for the upcoming Nexus X (aka Nexus 6). 
After all those mostly small fish, it was time for something really big. And while some of you will surely point out that a whale is technically a mammal and not a fish, it seems to fit in this line of aquatic creatures.

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33 Comments

1. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Yes, after playing Quizup.

27. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

knew this back in 2011

2. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Whatever the codename is, idc as long as I can get the Nexus 6 in my hands asap! Take me' monies

3. Beijendorf unregistered

ORCAS ARE MAMMALS, NOT FISH! >:( As you end the article, perhaps you should write all Nexus devices are named after aquatic creatures.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seriously PA? This is the type of articles we complain about. Click bait and obvious articles are starting to really make it hard not to visit other sites before this one. What a shame.

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

For a while there, I was getting annoyed at you constantly saying this, but I'm starting to agree more by the day. This article is garbage & PA continues to pump out even more shoddy quality reporting.

26. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Another man's garbage is another man's treasure. Others will find this article very useful and informative.

29. g2a5b0e unregistered

I don't disagree with you there, Settings. Thanks for the unbiased comment. I just think this article is indicative of the degrading level of reporting I've seen from this site over the last few months. Less quality & more filler nowadays, it seems like, but as with anything else, someone will enjoy it.

30. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah. If they would also add other OEM's codes like Xperia's the article would be great too.

22. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

there are new people joining in the tech scene every day. i can guarantee someone will find this blog useful. i totally agree though... this site is horrid when it comes to a lot of thing. it has its pros and cons. pros: one stop shop. all info, pretty much, passes through here. cons: half of the stuff gets posted repeatedly. anyone can fart a rumor... and it will be posted on this site. lots of basic crap that a lot of us already know. at the end of the day... i save a lot of time coming here vs eng,dl,ac,aa etc.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I want to see statues of all these aquatic creatures at Google HQ!

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Naoko is a complete insomniac. She has tried everything to get to sleep. She works in her own sushi restaurant and she lives close to the Tsukiji Market, the biggest fish market in the world." Watch the movie here: http://www.nexusproductions.com/work/fish-never-sleep

7. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Hey Phone Arena, did you know Shamu isn't a type of fish? It's the mascot of Sea World. An orca, the world's largest breed of dolphin, which is a mammal. Great job with research and whatnot though! Compelling article.

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Whysoseriousbro? Really lol…take a chill pill. The thing swims and lives in the ocean. But for your sake, and for sciences sake, (because both are the very importance of this website (/s), we will call them mammals here while we bombard the author and editor and PA itself with rotten tomatoes and bash on them for giving us such terrible and uneducated statements. RAAAA PHONE ARENAA RAAA CURSE YOU! Better? /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s /s

14. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

Don't be mad because he is right. It's articles like this that give the site a bad reputation

15. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

You guys are really gonna get anal over PA calling an effing swimming sea living mammal that has fins a fish? Something is wrong with you people if it makes that much of a difference to this article lol…

16. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

If they can't even get a basic fact of nature correct, what makes you think they will report accurately on a complex technological product such as a smartphone?

17. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

All I'm saying is you nerds take life too seriously….

18. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

You're hilariously ignorant.

19. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

You're hilariously angry.

20. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

i would of said it is the BS comments that people make, arguing or complaining over tiny things that any normal person in the real world wouldnt care about.

32. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Normal person in the real world = stupid Dolphins = fish, got it. Knowledge enhanced.

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Did you read the article at all? The author makes it perfectly clear he knows the difference between an orca whale and a fish. Furthermore, it's not like he changed the article after commenters complained because it said that before any comments were made. Furthermore 2, the title only says "Nexus devices are codenamed after fish," not "ALL Nexus devices are codenamed after fish." The title only implies that multiple, not necessarily all, devices are named after fish, so Shamu and whatever the Nexus S and One were codenamed don't need to fall within the parameters of the title.

24. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

The problem I have is PA, with the exception of Michael H. really sucks at researching their articles before writing them. And as I said, which is a big reason this article bothers me, the orca is neither fish nor whale. It is a DOLPHIN. Did any of you geniuses pay attention in basic biology?

28. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

You do realise coming to this site is a choice, no one is forcing you to come here. I for one appreciate PA.

31. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That the orca is a dolphin doesn't matter, as it's commonly referred to as a "killer whale" or an "orca whale." If you're bothered by that, take it up with the majority of English-speaking society and leave Phone Arena alone.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I knew there was something fishy.

10. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hahahaha..... Really funny........ Hope androfans don't take it as offence, it should be taken as joke, as it was intended to be........

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I couldn't resist the pun.

13. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Did you know that orcas are not fish? True story.

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