Over the past week, we’ve seen a couple of hints that shed light on what we can expect from the next generation of Nexus devices. This started when we first saw “Flounder” appear in the Chromium issue tracker. And then later that day, courtesy of the Android 4.4.3 changelist, we learned that HTC will be manufacturing this device. Curiously, we also saw “Google Molly” appear in the changelist. And thanks to some sleuth work by XDA Senior Member farmerbb, we can assert that Molly may be a set-top box running the next iteration of Google TV.
Now, two names have appeared in the Chromium Code Review two weeks ago, perhaps indicating the name of two upcoming nexus devices: the Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 8. As found in the code review:
60 ASSERT_EQ(“01498B321301A00A”, connected->serial());
61 ASSERT_EQ(“Nexus 6“, connected->model());
20 const char kOpenedUnixSocketsCommand = “shell:cat /proc/net/unix”; 13 using content::BrowserThread;
21 const char kDeviceModelCommand = “shell:getprop ro.product.model”;
22 const char kDumpsysCommand = “shell:dumpsys window policy”;
23 const char kListProcessesCommand = “shell:ps”;
24 const char kInstalledChromePackagesCommand = “shell:pm list packages”;
25 const char kDeviceModel = “Nexus 8“;
Now before we get too excited, it’s important to take a look at the location of the code in question, which in this case is for a MockAdbServer. As such, any string could have been used in its place. We must also keep in mind that the code referencing the Nexus 8 was actually removed two weeks ago, and replaced with code referencing the Nexus 6 also shown above.
Despite our skepticism, these two names don’t differ from current Nexus device naming conventions or rumors that the HTC Flounder will be slightly larger than the Asus-built Nexus 7. But if there’s also truth to the Nexus 6 name, let’s hope this doesn’t foreshadow the presence of a larger, six-inch screen like what we expect to see in the LG G3 that will be unveiled later this month. Because after all, while device screens seem to grow with each passing generation, the size of our hands remains constant.
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