Android 12 proves that Google hasn't given up on its foldable smartphone

    While digging through the beta of Android 12, 9to5Google came across several model numbers associated with a respective codename. These would be Pixel phones for some expected in 2021. The foldable model of the brand is also making its appearance.

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 was marked by the very first major Google I / O conference, during which the Californian group presented a host of new features to come. These include the Google Maps optimizations, a smart function on Google Photos, of new on Android TV, Smart Canvas where the LaMDA discussion template.

    Of course, the eyes were also riveted on the beta of Android 12 which plans to make profound visual changes to the world's most widely used mobile operating system. And the day after this 100% virtual conference, there is no shortage of small novelties and their lots of new elements.

    The Pixel 5a 5G points to the tip of its nose

    For example, 9to5Google had fun digging through the very first beta of Android 12 to find a series of model numbers. These serial numbers are associated with phones in the Pixel range, most of which will be released sometime in 2021.

    In total, four series of numbers have been unearthed by the American media: the GR1YH and GF5KQ, also nicknamed Oriole and Raven, correspond to Pixel 6 – probably the classic and pro model, who has recently been leaked. The G4S1M (Barbet) would represent the Pixel 5a 5G.

    Google Pixel 6 Pro

    Google Pixel 6 Pro // Source: Jon Prosser

    We already suspected that the Pixel 5a 5G was going to be launched this year, although France is surely not concerned for its debut. The fourth serial number is none other than the GPQ72, codenamed Passport. This would be Google's foldable smartphone, already mentioned in August 2020. At the time, this model was expected for next year, 2021.

    Google takes its time

    However, let's not go too fast, since the presence of this serial number does not confirm the launch of such a smartphone this year. Moreover, at the time, Mario Queiroz, head of Pixel smartphones at Google, was cautious about the development of a foldable device:

    «We are definitely in the process of prototyping this technology. We've been doing this for a while now. But I don't think there is any real use yet», He had declared. What is certain, in any case, is that Google has not given up on the idea of ​​one day releasing a folding phone to compete with Samsung and the company.

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