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Google explicitly mentions the names of upcoming Pixel 6 series smartphones for the first time

Google is expected to reveal the Pixel 6 series in the autumn. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)
Google is expected to reveal the Pixel 6 series in the autumn. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)
Google has namedropped the Pixel 6 series in a form for developers. The mention may not mean anything, but the removal of both names has sparked speculation about the name of Google's larger flagship Pixel smartphone.

Google may have already confirmed the Pixel 5a, but it has not been forthcoming about its next flagship smartphone or smartphones. Presumed to be the Pixel 6 series, a document accessible from Google's intranet has effectively confirmed that future Pixel smartphones will use the GS101, a codename for an in-house SoC. Apparently, Google and Samsung have collaborated on the GS101, which is also codenamed Whitechapel.

According to recent rumours, Google had chosen Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro as the names of its next flagship smartphones. However, Google has now namechecked the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL in a form intended for developers. Naturally, this may have been a typo, with Google intending to write Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, instead. 

Curiously, Google has since removed any device examples from its Game Mode Intervention Request for Pixel Devices form, as you can see via the hyperlink. In our opinion, Pixel 6 XL would be the logical name for a new larger Pixel, albeit only because of Google's past naming scheme. Google is expected to reveal the Pixel 6 series in the autumn alongside Android 12, so we are probably only two months away from the Pixel 6 XL and Pixel 6 Pro name debate from being decided, anyway.

(Image source: XDA Developers)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-07-13 (Update: 2021-07-13)