Put down the pitchforks, folks; Wahoo is Santa Claus all over again.

The name "Wahoo" has been making the rounds of the Android interwebz as of recently. Since Droid-Life revealed the expected codenames of the next 3 (yes, 3) Pixel devices that Google will most likely be showcasing next year (crosshatch" "albacore" and "blueline") and reference to one of them was found in a merged AOSP commit, developers and users have been scouring AOSP code for any sign of Google's plans for next year's flagship smartphones.

This specific AOSP commit made reference to "Wahoo", which caught the eyes of many users, developers, and even Droid-Life. The ongoing speculation was that Wahoo is either an upcoming Pixel device or a remainder from a canceled Pixel project that was meant to be launched this year (looking at you, Pixel Ultra/Ultrapixel). However, according to new information from XDA, it is, in fact, neither of those things.

According to XDA, Wahoo is not a device at all; it is a reference to the unified Kernel of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The first references to Wahoo were discovered in the Project Treble graphics driver application on the new Pixels (which we covered here), and earlier today developer frap129 revealed to XDA that he had discovered, via his reconstruction of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL kernel, that Wahoo was a reference to Google's new unified kernel for the 2 devices.

While this will certainly put a damper on the Pixel hype train that was searching for leaks regarding Google's future hardware vision, it's interesting to see how deep references to new devices and projects are embedded into operating systems. We're interested to see if any more information comes to light in this regard over the next few days.

What do you guys think? Are you sad to see that Wahoo is nothing but a pipe dream? Let us know in the comments, or post over on the forums with your thoughts.

via XDA