LG might replace HTC as the manufacturer of at least one of Google’s next Pixel devices, codenamed internally as “taimen.” 9to5Google dug through the Android Issue Tracker and found that an LG employee had logged an issue and was subsequently asked by a Google employee to move the bug report to an LG / taimen specific board. This could indicate that LG is deeply involved in the manufacturing and creation of the new taimen device.
Android Police editor David Ruddock also separately confirmed that LG would manufacture taimen.
I can independently confirm that my sources indicate LG is the manufacturer of taimen. https://t.co/WG6Q8KOu4W
— David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) June 13, 2017
Why would Google go with LG over HTC? 9to5Google points out that a rumor earlier this year speculated that Google wanted to invest in LG’s flexible OLED displays for its next phone. Maybe that has something to do with it. Or maybe Google wasn’t satisfied with HTC’s manufacturing scale, given that both the Pixel and Pixel XL experienced severe shipping delays. The 128GB Pixel wasn’t in stock for nearly two months. At the time, Google said demand “exceeded [its] expectations.”
In other Pixel news, Google was thought to be developing up to three new devices — replacements for the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as a device that was bigger than even the Pixel XL. Now, however, Android Police reports that one of those three devices is being scrapped, and the taimen will replace the current Pixel XL. Only two devices are likely to be released this year. The other Pixel in development appears to be codenamed “walleye.” For now, that’s all we know about the devices, but hopefully we’ll have more developments soon.