Google is done with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Yolanda Curtis
August 7, 2020

Google dropped the new build this morning, telling us that the next update will be the official and stable Android 11 release. Can Google present us with a true competitor to the iPhone 12? It seems that the French Google Blog went a bit further and has revealed dates for the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. This is something "expected" within the company's line of work, but what also confirms are the rumors of the arrival of a Pixel 4A 5G. The leaked document, however, indicates that Google is developing an Android build for a potential foldable phone. Codenames for the unannounced and therefore unreleased models includes: "barbette" (Pixel 5a); "raven" (Pixel 6); "oriole" (Pixel 6 XL), while the third, "passport" is specifically identified in the documentation as a "foldable".

What is particularly unusual is that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have been discontinued by Google just less than a year after their launch.

The final Android 11 Beta update is here as Beta 3 and you can run it right now on your Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 4. All three devices are labeled as "Q4 2021" which may be an indication towards when they will be launched.

Although Google hasn't officially confirmed if it plans to bring a foldable phone to the market anytime soon.

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Historically, Google hasn't been very successful at keeping a lid on its Pixel phone plans - previous year it even leaked its Pixel 4 months in advance deliberately such is its inability to keep a lid on things.

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