Last year in October, the first more or less specific information about codenames for Google’s 2018 phones was revealed. Since then, Crosshatch made its appearance numerous times at AOSP. The first Pixel 3 codename debuted at the end of October 2017. Now it is time for the next in line, named Blueline.
The second Pixel 3 codename appeared at Android’s Open Source Project last Friday. A brief mention of Blueline can be seen in the Android dialer, in the form of a single commit that refers to a “new spam API”. This is the first time the new codename was used in AOSP, by a person who left a short note, saying “InAppSpamTest, verified using Blueline device”.
Except for this one single mention, nothing is known about the second Pixel 3 codename. The word “Blueline” has not been used by Google in any other context. Judging by that, most probably this was only a test, launched on one of the Pixel 3 devices, which is currently under development.
HMD/Nokia Mobile is working on a Snapdragon 710 based device to be released in the autumn/winter 2018 timeframe. Codename is “Phoenix”. Oh and btw, the Google SDM710 based device apparently is called “Bonito”.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 4, 2018
The third and last of the codenames rumored back in October 2017 is still waiting for its first appearance. According to older leaks, it was supposed to be named “Albacore”. However, most recent leaks mention a new mid-range Pixel phone, codenamed “Bonito”, expected to reach the rapidly growing Indian market. Is Bonito a replacement for Albacore? In order to answer this question, we will have to wait a little bit longer.
According to various reports, the three new phones developed by Google will make their debuts in early October. The last two generations of Pixel were launched precisely on 4th of October, so Google may want to release Pixel 3 on the same day. Most likely, only then we will be able to verify all Pixel 3-related leaks.