It is widely believed that Google will be launching new Pixel phones this year because unless something changes drastically, we don’t see why Google would be halting their Nexus/Pixel initiative. That being said, it seems that this year’s Pixel handsets could be built by HTC, thanks to references to the phones being spotted in the HTC U11’s system files.

For those unfamiliar, the HTC U11 is HTC’s latest flagship and the sighting of possible Pixel 2 references on the phone shouldn’t be surprising, especially when you consider the fact that HTC built the first Pixel phones and have been rumored to have struck a deal with Google to build 2017’s Pixel phones as well.

The references in question are “S2” and “M2”, and given that the first-generation Pixel handsets were known as “S1” and “M1”, it’s really not that hard to imagine that S2 and M2 could be talking about the Pixel 2. However there have been some recent rumors and speculation to suggest that LG could be building the Pixel 2 handsets, but at this point in time it’s hard to say which rumor is true.

An alternative theory is that the references in the HTC U11 could be old and carried over from before, but then again there have been reports that indicate that there was a third Pixel device that was supposedly cancelled, but either way take it with a grain of salt for now and hopefully we’ll have more details to share in the future.

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