We are several months before Google might get around to even hinting at the successor to last year’s Pixel 2, but that doesn’t mean Google employees aren’t already preparing for the upcoming device behind-the-scenes.
As noted today over at XDA, the first mention of a “Pixel 3″ has been discovered in an Android P commit entitled “Cherrypick ‘Add device config to decide which Auto Selection Network UI to use”. The reference itself comes in the form of a string of text that reads “because the HAL V_1_2 only supports Pixel 3, and the new Auto Selection Network UI is based on HAL V_1_2″, which is part of the upcoming Android framework in the updated mobile operating system.
HAL is short for Hardware Abstraction Layer and, as noted in the original report, this may be referencing general improvements to networking. Specifically, we may see an even better “scan networks” feature baked into the Pixel 3 (and Pixel 3 XL, one would imagine).
There is still a lot (a lot) we don’t know about the Pixel 3, but for those fans out there of Google’s smartphone lineup that want to keep tabs on every detail that crops up, this is a good place to start.
If you have a Pixel or Pixel 2, are you already planning ahead to upgrade to a Pixel 3 later this year?