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Google working on three new mobile phones to release in 2017

Rob Horgan
Google working on three new mobile phones to release in 2017

Google may have been slow to the mobile phone party but it looks like it is ready to make up for lost time. After releasing its Pixel and Pixel XL Android phones in October 2016, Google is reportedly working on not one, not two but THREE new models.

According to Droid Life, the follow-ups are working with the codenames ‘Muskie’, ‘Walleye’ and ‘Taimen’. (For those of you without an aquatic zoology degree, they are all named after freshwater fish). The ‘Muskie’ and ‘Walleye’ are rumoured to be direct successors to the Pixel handset, with one rumoured to be marketed as a cheaper version of the flagship device.

While details of the ‘Taimen’ remain largely a mystery, it is expected to come with a larger screen than the other two models. Whether or not that equates to a larger phone than the current 5.5-inch Pixel XL remains to be seen.

All three phones are expected to run on Android O, which Google is expected to confirm at its IO developer-focused event in May. Slimmer bezels are expected on all three models and at least one of the devices is expected to adopt the 2:1 screen ratio showcased on the new LG G6.

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The fishy codenames are nothing new for Google with the Pixel and Pixel XL original running with the names Sailfish and Marlin. In the end there was nothing fishy about the finished product, with a recent Google survey revealing that their smartphone is making up as much as 9.5 per cent of smartphone market purchases.

Away from mobile phones, the rumour mill continues to turn on the prospect of a Google Pixel laptop, however the company has remained tight-lipped on the prospect to date. 

Tags: Mobile Phones, Google, Vendors, pixel

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