Just yesterday, Google started teasing the average Pixel 4a range along with an August 3 date. Today, though, we have our first idea towards the mid-pixel range of the phone for 2021 – the “Pixel 5a” in the Android Open Source Project.
Earlier this month, we’re pretty confident we know the three Google Pixel phones for 2020 – namely the mid-range Pixel 4a, the top-of-the-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 those mysteries more or less solved, our attention has already turned to 2021’s Made by Google phones. With the success of the Pixel 3a and the amount of excitement surrounding the highly delayed Pixel 4a, it would come as no surprise that Google continues to offer mid-range phones for the foreseeable future.
Today, though, we get concrete evidence that Google is indeed working on a mid-range phone in 2021called the “Pixel 5a.” This comes from a code change in the Android Open Source Project, where the developer makes a direct reference to essentially the entire Google Pixel phone line and which version of Android has launched or will launch with it.
As recalled by our Dylan Roussel, in the list of devices, we see the next three Pixel phones that we already knew – the Pixel 4a, 4a (5G), and the Pixel 5 – as well as direct mention of Pixel “5a. “
So what do we all learn from this initial mention? First of all, we now know that the Google Pixel 5a is in development. Second, we can say that just like the Pixel 3a and 4a, the Pixel 5a will be released in the middle of the year, as it will be on Android 11 (R) instead of Android 12 next fall.
What we don’t know is what kind of hardware this Pixel 5a can run on. That kind of information typically doesn’t appear in Android’s Open Source Project until after a device has been released. Either way, it’s exciting to have confirmation that Google will continue to release mid-range quality phones for the foreseeable future.
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