As everyone looks forward to Google’s announcement of its new line-up for the 2020 Pixel, 9to5Google has found some interesting details from an internally leaked Android document. It is reported that the documents suggest that Google is developing an Android version for the Pixel 5a, the Pixel folding screen, and other first-party dual devices. In addition to the published Pixel 4a/Pixel 4a 5G, and the yet-to-be-released Pixel 5/Pixel 5a (code or barbette), we’ve seen three novel codes: raven, oriole, and passport.
Typically, Google uses the fish code in its AOSP source code, but the new devices are somewhat anti-traditional.
Given that all three products are marked in Q4 2021,media speculate that raven and oriole may refer to future Pixel 6 models, and passport may refer to a new folding screen machine.
In fact, as early as 2019, Cnet had already revealed that Google was developing a Pixel folding screen smart machine, but Mario Queiroz, then the head of the Pixel, made it clear that the company was working on a long-term design of a technology prototype and did not think the market was ripe.
Google Pixel 4a Infographic.
The document also mentions that the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 were released in October, which is in line with Google’s “Fall” schedule.
And the Pixel 5a, which was recently first named by the AOSP project, is expected to be released in Q2 2021 (mid-year entry-level devices).
It should be noted that while internal documentation does reveal the pixel’s future plans, its primary purpose is to guide the development of the Android mobile operating system.
Whether Google’s hardware team will be able to keep up in time remains to be seen — a device codenamed muskie, for example, is the cut-down Pixel 2 XL prototype.