After the name “Pixel 4” was dropped by a Google employee last week, more details on Google’s next Pixel phones have leaked out.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL appear to have been revealed. References to products codenamed “Coral” and “Needlefish” appeared in a commit in the Android Open Source Project related to Android’s SELinux policy. Spotted by 9to5Google, these names appeared alongside other fishy Pixel codenames like Marlin (Pixel XL) and Crosshatch (Pixel 3 XL), suggesting that Coral and Needlefish could be upcoming Pixel products.
Meanwhile, code inside the Google app was discovered that makes references to “Coral” and “Flame” alongside the names “Pixel 4” and “Pixel 4 XL”. What’s strange is that Flame codename. Google’s Nexus and Pixel products typically get their codenames from fish, but Flame isn’t something that lives in the sea.
One other piece of the Pixel 4 puzzle is a benchmark for a “Google Coral” that was recently discovered. The device in that test is said to have a Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM, hinting at two upgrades that Google might make to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
So what’s going on here? It looks like the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are codenamed “Coral” and “Flame”, and there’s some other Pixel product on the way with the codename “Needlefish”. We’ll have to wait to find out exactly what that might be, but for now at least we’ve got the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL codenames to keep an eye out for. Plus, it looks like Google is bumping its next Pixels up to 6GB of RAM, which will be a welcome change after the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL remained at 4GB like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.