Google ‘medaka’ and ‘salmon’ gadgets seem as attainable Pixel Watch codenames
Whereas initially rumored for the 10/9 Made by Google occasion, the Pixel Watch clearly didn’t launch final yr. This morning, two codenames for what are presumably Google gadgets emerged in AOSP with proof suggesting that they’re smartwatches.
Noticed by Till on Twitter, an AOSP entry referred to as “Replace CtsWindowManagerDeviceTestCases for chin gadgets” options three codenames: medaka, salmon, and walleye. The latter is for the Pixel 2 and sure included as a benchmark, however the two former entries are fully new.
The Google connection is derived from the aquatic nature of salmon and medaka — a Japanese rice fish. Traditionally, Google names all its Nexus and Pixel gadgets after fish, with some — like shamu for the Nexus 6 — often reflecting a bodily attribute. Within the case of medaka, it’s a very tiny fish.
Moreover, “chin gadgets” are at all times utilized in reference to smartwatches that characteristic a flat circle cutout design, just like the Moto 360. Final yr, we heard that Google was growing not less than three smartwatches, however that quantity might have been trimmed forward of launch. Given the private nature of watches and wearables, Google is probably going exploring a number of designs to finest serve buyer preferences.
In the meantime, one other indicator that the codenames cited in AOSP belong to watches is the truth that lots of the Googlers concerned work on Put on OS.
The Snapdragon Put on 3100 will possible energy the gadgets with options starting from Bluetooth, GPS, and LTE, in addition to step monitoring and a coronary heart price sensor. A couple of month earlier than final October’s Made by Google occasion, the corporate confirmed that it will in a roundabout way launch a smartwatch.
Google on the time emphasised its companions, with Fossil, Montblanc, and Louis Vuitton ultimately releasing new gadgets powered by Qualcomm’s newest chipset. In the meantime, a significant improvement earlier this month noticed Google buy an unspecified know-how and workers from the Fossil Group for $40 million to spice up Put on OS performance.
Try 9to5Google on YouTube for extra information: