‘Pixel 4’ referenced by Google employee in Android Open Source Project

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Google’s Pixel family of smartphones are popular among Android users for their guaranteed software updates and high-end features. Many folks expect Google to follow-up last year’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with new Pixel 4 models later this year, but today we’ve gotten what may be one of the first pieces of evidence that a Pixel 4 is in the works.

References to the “Pixel 4” have been found inside the Android Open Source Project. Google employee Andrey Konovalov made two mentions of a Pixel 4 in a comment related to changes being made to Android’s Linux kernel and a fix for a KASAN memory error detector. Here’s the relevant part of the comment:

“We want this on 4.14 and 4.19 as well, and some patches are indeed needed there. The plan was to first deploy this on Pixel 3 and make sure that everything actually works. Then move on to Pixel 4 and so on. If I had a Pixel 4 device, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with 4.9 in the first place.”

There’s not really any info here about what features Google’s next Pixel phones might offer or when they’ll be released, but it is exciting to see the name “Pixel 4” begin popping up. Google has announced its past three Pixel models in early October, so we’re likely still around six months away from the Pixel 4 being officially announced. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were two of the most oft-leaked phones in recent memory, though, so it may not be long before more Pixel 4 details start to come out.

What do you want to see from Google’s Pixel 4 phones?

Google Pixel 4 reference AOSP

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