Where Did I Leave That Pixel 3 XL

There are no good places to leave an unreleased phone. Especially the back of a Lyft.

A Pixel 3 XL appeared by pure chance in the back of an anonymous driver's Lyft, and very gracefully they returned the phone to the owner in short order. In between then, however, they took some photos of the device and sent them over to Android Police.

The shots of the device line up with pretty much everything that's been leaked so far. At this stage, it'll be interesting what surprises Google has left come the Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL's launch, which is expected sometime in early October.

It's been a real leaky year for phones, come to think of it. The Pixel 3 has popped up all over the place, as did basically anything that came off the Samsung manufacturing line. Apple sent out a stern email to staff about leaking to the press, and shortly thereafter some Geekbench scores from an "iPhone 11,2" running on iOS 12.0 started appearing.

For the record, the new iPhones are what we'll see first with iPhone Day on September 13 Australian time. Google will probably be second out of the gate with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in early October, and Huawei will show off their new Mate 20 - the second line of phones to use the 7nm process, presuming the new iPhones have 7nm chips as expected - in mid-October.


Comments

    Remember when they did the same thing with the iphone 4 and Steve Jobs got the police to murder the leaker?

    100000% an intentional marketing ploy to get free media coverage prior to launch. Nobody gets excited about launch events anymore and the 2 week period between the pixel announcement and the pixel launch is nowhere near significant enough to run a persuasive and informative ad campaign regardless of how many millions Google throws in. They leave this in the back of the car, Kotaku and every other tech related blog in the world writes an article about it and they get mass exposure for their product completely free of charge at the expense of almost nothing. Great tactic imo

      Here's the thing: would the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL fly under the radar normally?

      Put it this way, a stunt like this has a massive amount of risk. The driver could pretend they didn't see the phone and then hoick it on eBay or Alibaba or something. And it's not like the tech world *isn't* going to cover Google's latest flagship, you know.

      I get the scepticism, but it's far more likely that this slipped out of someone's back pocket - wearing jeans or chinos that have short pockets, for instance - rather than a deliberate ploy. There's just too many points of failure.

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