While Pixel 4 only made things worse for the users and Google, people still hope the next generation of Pixel devices will offer some level of uniqueness.
So, it’s about time that Pixel 5 rumors start flooding our news feeds, with one of the first ones coming straight out the Android Open Source Project.
Spotted by 9to5Google, the smartphone got its first mention in the AOSP code in the form of an Android kernel code change submitted by a developer.
“Bounds sanitizer in arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c makes image unbootable for Pixel 4 at 4.14 kernel. I didn’t have a chance to test it on Pixel 5 with 4.19, and preemptively disabling UBSan there now to ensure bootability,” the code change reads.
The Linux kernel version supposedly running on the Pixel 5 is 4.19. However, the developer was quick to modify the text after the information started spreading. The code change now describes “an arm64 device with 4.19” and removes mentions of Pixel 5.
AOSP devs talking about Pixel 5 comes just a couple of days after YouTuber Jon Prosser leaked a high-quality prototype image (read ugly!) of a smartphone assumed Pixel 5.
This builds on top of past rumors where three unreleased Pixel variants, codenamed Sunfish, Redfin, and Bramble were spotted. While Sunfish is believed to be the Pixel 4a, it is mildly speculated that Redfin and Bramble could be the code names for Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL.
Nonetheless, we now know that Google is less likely to pull the plug on the Pixel series and come up with something entirely new.
Also, this time, we have started to see Pixel 5 leaks coming out in the wild a little earlier than for Pixel 4. Let’s hope Google doesn’t end up spilling every bean about its upcoming flagship, just like it did in the case of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
The company has already killed almost every reason to buy a Pixel device, let’s wait to see what it has in store for the Pixel 5. As per past trends, there are still 9 months left for the official release of the upcoming Google flagships.