The idea that Google may have orchestrated its own Pixel 3 XL leaks is questioned

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The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL in concept form by Ben Geskin.

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The Google Pixel 3 XL is coming October 9th, that’s pretty much confirmed. What’s not confirmed is what it will look like. Yes, there have been a ton of leaks of the phone and even some of its accessories. But over the weekend, a rumor came out of the YouTube channel “front page tech” that Google may be orchestrating all of these leaks. Why would Google do that? Well, to throw off the public, leakers, and tech channels.

When leaks and rumors fly about smartphones, I’ve learned that everyone has a few cents to share. It looks like “front page tech” has also learned this. The channel has been slammed with some saying they made the story up for YouTube views. The channel responded by telling naysayers they don’t really care what they think. Which, I think, was a valid response and good on them. Check out the video below which starts at around 4:00. Fast forward if it doesn’t.

When we reported on the original video we made sure to notate that it is a rumor. “frontpagetech” isn’t unlike any other media outlet that reports or supplies information about rumors. Of course, we don’t know for sure why Google is asking YouTube channels for negative video clips about the Pixel 3 XL but “frontpagetech’s” hypothesis isn’t anymore invalid than any other rumor.

Sure, it’s a bit of a stretch to think a mega-corporation like Google would go to those kinds of lengths to dupe the public but it’s also not unlike them. Google tends to be a playful and joking sort of company and I wouldn’t put it past them to attempt such a thing. Imagine people’s faces if Google pulls out an entirely different Pixel 3 XL onstage than what we’ve seen in the various leaks. Imagine the satisfaction Google’s marketing team would have from that moment as well.

Google Pixel 3 XL
It could be the real deal.

I wouldn’t say “frontpagetech” lied about the Pixel 3 XL story. They presented a narrative from the evidence they collected. It’s still a rumor and unsubstantiated, but no different from any other rumor or leak. None of us will really know until October 9th.

Oh, and I agree with the host of this show. Some tech outlets have gotten stiff and taken some of the fun out of technology in general. But I digress.

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