According to source code found in the beta version of Android 12, a device code-named Passport has been revealed. The codename could be the rumored Pixel Fold, which Google may be gearing up to release before the end of the year.
In the CStark27 tweet, four devices using unannounced Samsung Exynos modems were mentioned. The modem will come in the model “G5123B”, which will be consistent with Samsung’s current processor “5123A”.
The two devices mentioned in the Android 12 beta source code are “Oriole” and “Raven,” which represent Google’s code names for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Passport has been shown up in previous leaks, as well as in previous Android 12 beta and developer preview releases.
With all this information, it’s easy to speculate that Google Tensor Chip Tensor will not only support the upcoming Pixel 6 series, but might also be used for the Pixel Fold. Samsung is rumoured to be the manufacturer of Google Tensor chips, so it makes sense to use this modem, hence the reference in the source code. Tensor will put the Pixel 6 in the league of the best Android phones, while making it one of the safest smartphones in the world, according to Google. It gives Google complete control over how hardware and software communicate, which could lead to better image processing, among other things.
Other rumors and leaks have suggested that Google won’t announce a new foldable phone until the end of the year. It will reportedly use the same 7.6-inch foldable LTPO display technology as Samsung, while offering a 120Hz refresh rate. On top of that, some have suggested that the Google Pixel Fold will offer a camera system similar to the Pixel 6, but it’s too early to tell.
Google’s entry into the foldable phone market is a game changer, and many of the improvements needed to support the new form factor are expected to seep into the basic Android 12 operating system.