Rumor had it Google planned to release three Pixel devices later this year, but a new report claims at least one of these devices has been scrapped.
According to Android Police, three different sources are saying Google’s Pixel XL sequel, codenamed “muskie,” has been cancelled. It’s unclear why the search giant has decided to scrap the project, but it’s not all bad news.
Google reportedly has two other Pixel handsets in the works—walleye and taimen—one of which could be the “proper” Pixel XL follow-up. Last week, specs for one such device appeared online, which may hint at what to expect from the upcoming flagship.
Like last year, fans should expect to see a smaller Pixel and a larger Pixel XL, rather than three different versions, as had previously been rumored. It’s unclear what shape these devices will take—if Google wants to keep pace with Apple and Samsung, it will have to make some big changes (adding things like wireless charging, tweaking the design, etc.).
Google is planning to drop Android O by the end of the summer, though it’s unclear if the launch of its next Pixel devices will coincide with the software’s release. For what it’s worth, the original Pixel and Pixel XL didn’t come out until October.