Historically, Google has been known to use quirky codenames when working on internal projects and Nexus devices are no exception. In the past the company’s homegrown Android products have carried in-house names patterned after aquatic animals when being under development. For example: Maguro was used for the GSM Galaxy Nexus, Mako represented the Nexus 4, Hammerhead covered the Nexus 5 and Mantaray was the moniker for the Nexus 10. When it comes to Nexus devices, Google has a thing for sea creatures.
So our heads turned a bit when we noticed a recent report in the Chromium Issue Tracker (a system used to manage bugs in Chrome) had an incident logged in for a mystery Android gadget carrying the name “Flounder” in its device fingerprint. This type of codename lines up with Google’s Nexus track record, but what could it be? Originally discovered by MYCE, we reviewed this code with our own sources who confirmed that this unique string of code is for some type of Android device, either a smartphone or tablet rocking a Cortex-A15 processor.
Another thing to consider are the reports of Google launching a new line of devices known as “Android Silver.” If these claims hold true, this unidentified device could be one of many in Google’s busy pipeline. Thankfully, I/O is only a few short weeks away. If the folks in Mountain View are working on a new device, we can’t think of a better place to make an announcement.