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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.

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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.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-07-13 (Update: 2021-07-13)