First mention of Google “Pixel 5a” appears in AOSP

Ricky, 1 August 2020

Google has finally confirmed that a Google Pixel 4a would be arriving on August 3 and even teased the device on Thursday. On Friday, 9to5Google’s own Dylan Roussel spotted a mention of Google’s Pixel 5a. This was spotted in a code change on Google’s Android Open Source Project or AOSP.

We are still waiting for the Google Pixel 5, which may not be released until later this year, but now we know that the 5a is now in development. The code change mentions devices since the Pixel 2, along with the version of Android they (launched/will launch) with.

First mention of Google “Pixel 5a” appears in AOSP

The Pixel 4/4a are listed with “Q” for Android 10. However, a 5G-varaiant of the 4a will launch alongside the 5 later this year, both with the new Android R. But when will the Pixel 5a come out? We don’t know, but our guess is that Google might launch it halfway through the Pixel 5’s launch cycle like it did with the Pixel 3a.

Alleged leaked renders of Pixel 5 Alleged leaked renders of Pixel 5 XL
Alleged leaked renders of Pixel 5 (left) and Pixel 5 XL (right)

We barely know what the Pixel 5 will actually look like, and its still too early to know what kind of hardware or features the Pixel 5a will have. Let’s wait for the Pixel 5 to arrive first, then we’ll talk.

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This phone is clearly not about appearance, it is about features and technology, that's why I made it in SketchUp and not in Blender or something like that. The final version I'll make in Autodesk Fusion 360 will look quite different. ...

  • Anonymous

Agreed. They can as well skip the 4a naming, and lauch the 5a alongside the 5. Else, that makes it look like launching a line up that's one generation behind, and one that is current. Like two worlds, past and present.

  • Anonymous

doesn't look trash at all , I mean this kind of design already kind of exists , you've just made it look worse

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