Has HTC lost its Google Pixel manufacturing gig?

When Google outed the Pixel phones last summer, it did so under a ‘Made by Google’ slogan. Well, seasoned observers will remember, that wasn’t entirely true.

Although Google played a larger role in the design, the phones were actually manufactured by HTC, although the Taiwanese firm’s branding was nowhere to be found on either the Pixel or Pixel XL handsets.

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Now it seems that HTC will be passing on the anonymous mantle to LG, which has reportedly been recruited to build the second-generation Pixel phones.

The news comes via 9to5Google, with a reporter trawling the Android bug tracker to find evidence LG is building the device codenamed ‘Tamien’.

The report sheds light on an Google employee asking his LG counterpart to move a bug to a different board.

The file path for that board? “Android > Partner > External > LGE > Taimen > power.”

Android Police says it has been able to independently verify the report.

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Just yesterday the site’s sources said Google had dropped the larger Pixel 2 device, codenamed Muskie, in favour of an even larger device dubbed Tamien.

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