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New Google Pixel Phones Might be Codenamed “Muskie” and “Walleye”

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Google’s hardware team(s), or the team(s) that work on making Nexus (and now Pixel) devices, are big fans of sea creatures. We know this because they always codename upcoming hardware products with fish or aquatic life names. Like this. This. This. You get the point. Even last year’s Pixel phones were codenamed “marlin” and “sailfish.” So it only makes sense that upcoming Pixel devices for 2017 would continue the trend, right? 

According to Android Police, the codenames for the next couple of Pixel devices are “muskie” and “walleye.” We don’t know which is which, but “walleye” did see a recent mention in AOSP, as if Google is well into testing the device. In fact, the mention suggests that the device boots. Hooray for booting devices!

UPDATE: We’ve been told by a reliable source that “muskie” is the bigger 5.5-inch device, while “walleye” would be the smaller 5-inch device.

There isn’t really much else to share here. I’ll let you guys try to figure out which is the bigger of the two, assuming Google gives us options again.

Google May Have Third, Larger Phone in the Works Under Codename “Taimen”

Via: AOSPAndroid Police
  • Brown eye be better.

  • juanjeremy2012

    Who is making the new pixel, HTC again.I won’t get it regardless they aren’t a good bargain.phone are supposed to get cheaper not more expensive.I’m happy with Motorola four a little less and get a new chromebook

  • Michael Pahl

    Muskie would be an Xl, Walleye a standard size. Walleye left, Muskie right. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9c8f82135a4608c892c9c9ca0b0ad9208ef6a277f3686f150af7c0fb7866ad6.jpg

  • jbdan

    So they’re moving away from saltwater to freshwater fish names. Wonder what this means. Being from the South I’d prefer Bass and Bream =]

  • Jessica Schab

    funny because when u fish, u have to be patient to catch a fish. same will goes for these phones. u go fishing….gotta wait…and wait….and wait.

  • Akashshr

    Its made by LG thought, so bright hopes!

    • Craig P

      How do you know?

      • Akashshr

        Actually insider info…I know Pixel 2 and pixel 2 XL is LGs

  • Stephen Hayden

    Need a good followup to the 6p w/ front facing speakers.

  • Daishi

    What company is making them?

  • rj-b

    I’ve fished for walleye my entire life.
    So, I want one.

  • Trevor

    Seeing that picture just makes me wish they sold the 128GB Pixels in blue. Maybe this year?

  • trevorsalienarms

    Lemme guess, the big selling point of both of these will be the latest version of the “pure Android experience” and whatever they re-name Assistant as.

  • The Doctor

    This tells us absolutely nothing about the devices themselves.

  • Bobb

    Ok MXPE, need you to last until this comes out so I can decide between S8, Pixel 2 and maybe the new OPO

  • paul_cus

    Just a guess that Muskie is the bigger phone.

  • JSo
  • Suicide_Note

    ‘Muskie’ is the larger device of the two.

  • brian.

    Google, finish what you have on your plate, get the first Pixel “in stock,” then we can talk about the next one.

  • Me

    I’d like to see an orange or purple Pixel

    • Danny Rhymer

      Absolutely and not in a limited storage configuration either! Love the really blue but only being available (when available at all) in 32GB was a waste.

  • Mike

    Muskie are larger fish than walleye.

    • Raven ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      But Walleye is tastier!

    • Phase3d

      Muskie is much much larger then Walleye! Around here you can keep a Walleye at 15 inches, but Muskie is 45 inches to keep it!

  • Ryan N

    Walleye’d say we Muskie’p an eye on this.

    … already ashamed of myself.

    • Mike Aurin

      You should be.

      But A for effort.

  • AvalancheRyder

    Let’s not leave out waterproofing this time Google. It’s just a little ironic to name them after fish if they can’t get wet.

    • Dave S.

      I personally don’t care about phones being waterproofed or not, but that’s a very valid point.

      • Mike Aurin

        You never care about it until the one time you inexplicably drop it in water and it’s fine.

        • needa

          Been there. Done that. Still using my nano coated phone. Water resistance more or less keeps you from being scared when it happens.

        • T4rd

          I dropped my Note 2 in a parking lot during a rain storm and it sat in a submerged puddle for 10 mins before I realized it was gone and went back and got it. It was 100% functional for the several months I kept it afterwards. I have also spilled drinks directly only my OG Droid and Nexus 6P a couple times without issue. I may have got lucky, but my anecdotal conclusion is; I don’t care for water resistance much. Any newer phones that don’t explicitly advertise water resistance though seem to survive being submerged in water for 30+ mins on Youtube as well. I know that doesn’t mean they’re all safe, but I think it does show that a quick dunk/splash on the phone should not hurt anything.

          • Raven ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            My wife dropped her old Moto Droid 2 in a glass of ice water when I called her (bloop!). It instantly filled with water. You could tilt it and see water moving between the LCD and outer screen. After I dried out as best I could the phone still worked, but after about a week the touch digitizer went out. Moto X dropped in shallow water kept working perfectly. I have never been too concerned about water proofing since.

        • The Doctor

          *insert anecdote on how i dropped a really old phone in 150′ of water and it managed to come out still working despite not having any water resistance to justify that phones don’t need water resistance when in fact that should be standard now*

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    • glimmerman76

      water resistance not waterproofing

      • needa

        Right-o. Waterproof means they might have to actually cover water damage in their warranty.

    • trevorsalienarms

      No one thinks water resistance is necessary when the Pixel doesn’t have it.

    • Kevin

      Hasn’t stopped em before

  • KleenDroid


    • You pretty much summed up my entire feelings on the matter.