Google’s Pixel smartphone has proven to be popular enough to warrant future versions according to Google senior VP of hardware, Rick Osterloh. In speaking with AndroidPIT, Osterloh said Pixel users and industry observers can “count on us to follow it,” in regards to the smartphone industry practice of an annual release.
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Following that statement, Osterloh confirmed the Pixel 2 by saying “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.” If you were expecting a more wallet-friendly version of the next Pixel or even a budget version, Osterloh marked an “X” on that mentioning that it will say in that “premium” price range.
The announcement comes days after it was announced that the Pixel line’s laptop offering was being scrapped because of poor sales and in a year where Google is looking to make a number of changes and moves with Google Now Launcher leaving the Play Store and legal action being taken against Uber’s Otto.
We’re still just at the beginning of the year so Google’s Pixel team has a lot of time to release details on progress, improvements, new features, and of course a concrete release date.