Oddly enough, someone took to the Google Pixel subreddit to share that they unknowingly used the unreleased Google Pixel 7 Pro for the past few weeks. They claim to have purchased the device from Facebook Marketplace, which is listed as a Google Pixel 6.
Unfortunately for the owners, they don’t seem to know that the device is a prototype, and what’s left now can factory reset itself, erasing personal data.Brandon Lee This is today’s technology The prototype has been said to be from the same seller as the Google Pixel 7 prototype that was listed on eBay in late May. Lee said the police had visited the sellers, a sign that Google was working on the case and they could face legal troubles.
As for what will happen to the phone, it’s unclear. It appears to be a legitimate unit, as the “cloudripper” codename in the bootloader version has been reported as the codename for the upcoming next-generation Google Tensor chipset. “Cheetah” has also been reported as an internal codename for the Pixel 7 Pro. The phone itself is now idle and unusable, probably stuck on the recovery screen forever, unless it can be recovered after Google releases a factory image.
Of course, some were skeptical at first, but users posted pictures to show proof of ownership. The user also stated that they bought the Google Pixel 6 Pro clear case and screen protector and had no issues running on the device.
Auctions for the Pixel 7 listed on eBay were quickly cancelled, but not before people got a glimpse of the phone. The same phone is priced at $450 on Facebook’s marketplace. More interestingly, in the images of the Pixel 7 prototype auction, in the reflection of the phone, the smartphone can be seen taking a selfie with the Pixel 7 Pro. Lee said the devices were the same because the Facebook listing was first.
For now, we’ll have to wait patiently and be pleased with the information that keeps popping up about the upcoming Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The phones debuted at Google’s I/O 2022 developer conference earlier this month, offering some hints about their specs and new colors. We also know that the smartphone could use the same display as its predecessors, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Of course, we’ll have to wait a while to know for sure, as anything could change before these devices launch.
Via: 9to5Google, This is today’s technology (Twitter)