2021-10-12 13:33 GMT:
Leaker Max Jambor posted on Twitter an image of Pac-Man alongside with "Nord 2" text, thus hinting that pacman may be a special edition of the Nord 2. It is surprising as OnePlus previously did not use different codenames for its special edition devices: the 6T McLaren shares same codename as regular 6T (fajita).
Original article has been preserved below.
OnePlus has announced the Nord 2 on July 22nd 2021, and released a couple of updates since its release on July 28th. The latest one, OxygenOS A.11, has been announced on October 9th 2021 on OnePlus' forums and has fixed several bugs related to power consumption, camera, network and system stability in addition to bumping Android security patch to September 5th 2021 level.
One may have thought that this update did not bring other changes, however a friend of ours (J0kerling) provided us several APKs extracted from his device after he installed the update, and we've found evidence that a future OnePlus device will be Pac-Man branded after decompiling those APKs, as detailed below.
More specifically, we firstly noticed that the OnePlus Launcher has been bumped to version 5.2.34, and that a new drawable used when your device is locked has been added. Note how Pac-Man ghost's eyes are present.
We then noticed that a new XML configuration file (named default_workspace_5x5_pacman.xml) has been added as well, and that Pac-Man 256 app (package name eu.bandainamcoent.pacman256) is part of the "OnePlus" folder present on default homescreen.
Following on that, we dug in the Settings APK and found new fingerprint drawables with Pac-Man elements, as well as a Pac-Man unlock animation.
Carrying on above, we decompiled the SystemUI APK and found new strings hinting at a special Always on Display clock, as well as wireless charging support.
Furthermore, we found references to a sticker in the Gallery app (bumped to version 4.0.307) which should be unlocked after you Warp Charge the device for 256 minutes.
"pm_btn_gallery">Go to Gallery"pm_dialog_text">Use it to edit your photos in Gallery."pm_noti_text">Hooray! You just unlocked a secret sticker by using Warp Charge for 256 minutes."pm_noti_title">Gallery
Decompiling the Gallery APK itself did not allow us to find the sticker, and attempts to install the APK on a OnePlus 5T and a OnePlus Nord N10 failed, but we nonetheless believe the sticker is a Pac-Man-related one since OxygenOS A.11 updated APKs contains many elements to it. In fact, we found in the updated calculator APK (version 2.0.16) strings telling to retry to unlock Pac-Man content and a drawable named wallpaper_background.png.
Oops! Nice try. But there’s still more fun PAC-MAN content waiting to be unlocked. Try again when you find it all.OK
To conclude, although pacman codename was previously unheard of, we're not sure what to think about it: while one could think it is the OnePlus 10 as a logical succession of previous flagship devices codenames (kebab for 8T, lemonade for 9, lemonadep for 9 Pro, lemonades for 9R and martini for currently unreleased 9RT), a new string <string name="device_info_show_CPU_qualcomm_snapdragon_778">"Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 778G Octa-core"</string> has also been added to Settings APK, thus making us wonder whether this string is a placeholder for an OPPO device (as Nord 2 OxygenOS 11.3 is the first version of OxygenOS based on ColorOS codebase).
Should this string not be a placeholder, then pacman would be a midrange device, as Snapdragon 778G is a SOC intended for this market. It therefore may be part of Nord or Nord CE series.
If you want to see them at their original quality and resolution, we have uploaded above drawables and animation on MEGA.