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Fish codenamed Google devices might be smartwatches, not smartphones

The two fish-themed codenames might refer to Google's rumored Pixel Watch.

Published onJanuary 25, 2019

If you were hoping for new Google hardware in 2019, you’re in luck — two devices with the codenames Salmon and Medaka popped up in the Android Open Source Project and the Lawnchair Launcher developer’s Twitter feed.

The two codenames were found in AOSP alongside Walleye, the codename for 2017’s Pixel 2. Lest you think that Salmon and Medaka are smartphones, notice how the top part includes the phrase “chin devices.” According to XDA Developers, that phrase normally refers to smartwatches with some sort of a chin cutout, similar to the Moto 360’s flat-tire look.

Android Police also noticed that two reviewers on the commit log work on Wear OS in some capacity.

Here are the upcoming Google device codenames #leaked:#salmon and #medaka.
None of the devices has a notch and medaka is most probably the rumored Pixel Watch. More info should surface soon.
— Till Kottmann (@deletescape) January 25, 2019

Adding credence to Salmon and Medaka being smartwatches is Lawnchair Launcher developer Till Kottmann’s tweet. In the tweet, Kottmann claims that Medaka is “most probably” the rumored Pixel Watch. He didn’t say what Salmon is, though it could be another variant of the Pixel Watch.

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Lastly, salmon and medaka fish are two of the smaller fishes around. From a thematic standpoint, it would make sense to have them be codenames for smartwatches or some type of wearable.

What’s strange is that a previous report pegged the Pixel Watch with three codenames: Ling, Triton, and Sardine. At the time, the three devices were reportedly in the stage prior to mass production. Because of that, there’s a possibility that Google nixed all three devices.

Google itself said it didn’t have plans to launch its own smartwatch in 2018 and stayed true to its word. That said, the company might change its tune for 2019.

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