Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google has abandoned its plans to release one of its upcoming Pixel phones; the Google Pixel XL 2 otherwise codenamed ‘muskie’. Information from three reliable sources has it that LG will take over the manufacturing process of Pixel XLs successor. The same has also been confirmed by Android Police’s sources thus, it ceases to be a rumor.
However, there are many speculations as to why the switch by the search giant. The delayed shipping of the original Pixel Smartphones has been picked up as one of the major issues. Nonetheless, 9To5Google has also outlined a possible investment by Google in LG for flexible OLED displays.
But the switch by Google may not be all bad news after all
The world of technology is evolving quite fast given that Google’s Pixel handsets debuted just last year. Initially, it was known that Google was working on two models; muskie and Taimen. The latter is reportedly much larger than the Pixel 2 XL and its size has been inclined to that of the 6-inch Nexus 6, codenamed Shamu. The question is, is it possible that Google was prototyping on different sizes perhaps to see which one would have been the best for the second-generation?
Apparently, the news of Google’s switch from manufacturing ‘muskie’, has been received with mixed reactions. To many, it is not bad news because they think the move will give the search giant time to work on Taimen, which is the third model of Google Pixel 2. If the latest rumor is anything to go by, then Google would be releasing Taimen in the place of Google Pixel 2 XL.
The likelihood of having two different designs on Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2
With all these mixed up information, there is a likelihood of ending up with two different designs of the said devices. On the other hand, it is worth noting that for some time now LG has been seeking to obtain a production contract for Google Pixel 3. Meanwhile, all the information remains a speculation because Google could change its position. In the meantime, Alphabets stock closed at $967.93 a fall of $2.57 or 0.26%.