Google’s Hardware Executive, Rick Osterloh, confirmed the launch of a sequel of the first generation Pixel Smartphone at Mobile World Conference 2017. “There is an annual rhythm in the industry, so you can count on us to follow it”, said Osterloh at an interview at the MWC.
No detailed information was revealed about the smartphone that could give us a possible hint about the specifications, but the confirmation brought relief to Pixel fans as they now know that the smartphone wasn’t a 2016 exclusive.
Google’s typical development cycle suggests that Pixel 2 could go on sale in the fourth quarter of the year. The current Pixel launched in October 2016 and Google has held launch events at around the same time for Nexus phones in the past.
Osterloh also expressed that Pixel would stay Premium, indicating Google won’t enter the budget smartphone market like giants Apple, Samsung, and others. He said there are too few current-generation Pixel devices to meet consumer demand. In addition to developing its next major smartphone, Google’s also working on figuring out how to actually ship the current generation of Pixels it already sells.