“Taimen” codename suggests Google may release a larger, third phone

We have started hearing some quiet rumblings about what may be in store for Google’s sequels to the Pixel phones. Nothing is really known except that Google plans to keep the Pixel 2 (or whatever it will be called) in the premium tier and all signs indicate they will continue with two models of different screen sizes. However, an interesting bit of information is just coming out that indicates a third and even larger phone could come from the Mountain View company this year as well.

Join us after the break for the details.

Earlier this week, we learned what are likely the internal codenames for the 2017 Pixel phones: “walleye” and “muskie.” This came out of the Android Open Source Project Gerrit, and while no actual information can be determined from that, it does show that these devices at least exist. Google has a history of using fish for internal codenames so this makes that leak all the more reliable. But will they be the only fish in the pond?

The folks over at Droid Life have gotten some info that suggests a third, larger phone is in the works over at Google and codenamed “taimen.” So far, that is all that’s known and it looks like whatever device this ends up being would release separately from the upcoming Pixel phones. The taimen fish is certainly quite large, and it’s unclear what Google might be planning with a larger phone aside from possible Daydream VR or even Project Tango uses. It would be one thing if “taimen” ends up being more of a phablet version of a Pixel, but the information isn’t pointing in that direction currently.

Unfortunately, this is all that the bait has managed to catch so far, but we will be on the lookout for anything else that may pop up. What are some things you can think of that Google might be planning with a separate and larger phone?

Source: Droid Life


About the Author: Kevin Arnold

Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.


  • JackieMath

    NEXUS with 2 speakers!!