Google may be working on three new Pixel
phones for 2018 and the codenames for all of them have just surfaced. Google refers to its Pixel phones under codenames that bear the names of fish, and the next Pixels are referred to as "crosshatch", "albacore", and "blueline", according to Droid-Life, a publication that has well-connected sources that have been right in the past.
Of course, this is very, very early information, but it's also extremely interesting: the idea of having three new Google Pixel phones in 2018 is that there will be one "premium" phone (similar to the iPhone X
in terms of price and strategy), and two high-end phone models (that would be similar in strategy to the iPhone 8
and iPhone 8 Plus
). The name "Pixel" is expected to stay for all three phones.
Do not take this as the final word on the 2018 Pixel phones, though: three names floated for Google's 2017 Pixel series as well. Those codenames were "muskie", "walleye" and "taimen", and "muskie" was scrapped, so we ended up with two actual phones. What is clear is that there is no clarity on Google's plans yet, but at least we know what is being considered.
What's even more interesting is that the codename "crosshatch" for one of these upcoming 2018 Pixel phones has already popped up in Google AOSP documentation.
The other two names - "albacore" and "blueline" have not surfaced in any other way, but we see the name "wahoo" in the document above. This might refer to a whole another device that is obviously related to audio in some way. Droid-Life says this is a codename for an earlier 2017 device that has been scrapped, though.
Whichever way things turn for the Pixel next year, one thing seems certain: Google is damn serious about making hardware.
What are your thoughts on a 3-phone 2018 Pixel series? Are you interested in a super premium Pixel phone?