Google's Pixel Launcher Crosses the 1 Million Downloads Mark

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Google's Pixel Launcher Crosses the 1 Million Downloads Mark

Instead of Muskie, Google will now be developing its third device, codenamed Taimen, as the new Pixel XL successor.

According to the information discovered in the Android Issue Tracker, LG could be the manufacturer for the next Pixel XL device. A query for bug entry was tracked down to an LG employee that had submitted a USB PD Compliance Failure bug entry to the Android forums.

A recent report published on Android Police says that Google won't be coming out with the device that was codenamed muskie.

Earlier reports hinted that several smartphone vendors, including HTC, LG, Coolpad, and TCL, were competing win the contract for manufacturing 2017 Pixel phones.

The first revealing Google Pixel 2 rumor arrived a few days ago, with the news that HTC might not be making the Google Pixel 2 XL, as was initially expected.

This revelation came from a bug report log in the Android Issue Tracker database. The Google employee asked the one from LG Electronics to close the bug report and move it to a "Power" subdirectory.

It was October 2016 when the Google Pixel was released, and eight months later the phone's official launcher has eclipsed at least 1 million installs. It is also believed that the Muskie will generally not be cost effective for the company. It appears more like a creation of someone who wanted to add full-screen display and dual camera feature without bringing major changes to the design of the original Google Pixel phones.

The fact that Google was exploring three models could have merely meant they were prototyping different sizes see what would better suit their requirement for a second-generation Google Pixel XL. But, sources privy to the development have told the publication that the said device has been shelved and Taimen with its screen larger than the existing 5.5-inch Pixel XL will replace the same.

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