Yesterday, Google began mocking the mid-range Pixel 4a along with an August 3 appointment. Today, however, we saw the first vision of the mid-range Pixel phone for 2021, the “Pixel 5a” of the Android Open Source project.
Earlier this month, we’re pretty sure we know the three Google Pixel phones for 2020, namely the mid-range Pixel 4a, the mid-range Pixel 4a (5G) and the premium Pixel 5. Our Stephen Hall has already explained what to expect from these three phones in great detail.
With these mysteries more or less solved, our attention has already focused on Google phones made for 2021. With the success of the Pixel 3a and the excitement around the much-delayed Pixel 4a, it would not be a surprise see that Google continues to offer mid-range phones for the foreseeable future.
Today, however, we have concrete evidence that Google is actually working on a mid-range phone in 2021called the “Pixel 5a.” This comes from a code change in the Android Open Source project, where a developer makes direct mentions of the entire Google Pixel phone line and what version of Android he launched or will launch.
As our Dylan Roussel explains, in the list of devices, we see the next three Pixel phones we already knew: the Pixel 4a, 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5, as well as a direct mention of a Pixel “5a. ”
So what do we learn from this first mention? First of all, we now know that the Google Pixel 5a is in development. Second, we can assume that, like the Pixel 3rd and 4th, the Pixel 5a will launch in the middle of the year, as it will be on Android 11 (R) instead of Android 12 next fall.
What we do not know is what kind of hardware would work this Pixel 5a. This type of information does not normally appear in the Android Open Source Project until after the launch of a device. Either way, it’s exciting to have confirmation that Google will continue to launch mid-range quality phones for the foreseeable future.
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