09 April 2021
The Pixel 4a is not yet official but the development around its successor, the Pixel 5a looks to have started already. Well, this is evident from a code change in the Android Open Source Project. As spotted by Dylan Roussel, 9to5Google’s contributor, there is a direct mention of this future phone in the list of Google’s other existing and upcoming Pixel phones.
The list shares the names - mid-range Pixel 4a, upper mid-range Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a. This clearly tells Google Pixel 5a is in development as well. The tech site points out that the phone is likely to release in the middle of the year as it will be on Android 11 (R) instead of next fall’s Android 12.
This will be considered as the first-ever appearance of Google’s one more mid-range phone. It is not surprising to see Google envisioning a future with Pixel 5a. As 9to5Google has pointed out, the success of Pixel 3a and now the excitement around the Pixel 4a have given Google enough reasons to continue with this lineup.
It is too early to comment on other things related to Pixel 5a as the details are pretty scant right now. You have to be very patient in order to know more about the phone since it is just the start and there is a long long way to go from here.
Meanwhile, let’s just watch Google unveiling Pixel 4a on August 3.