It’s not like we actually needed anyone to say this. But we’ll take the confirmation and run with it.
Google hasn’t reached the same level of Apple and Samsung’s flagships with it, but the Pixel is a special phone. It’s everything you want and expect from a complete Android device. The design is simple, the specifications are high-end, and the software is made completely by Google. There isn’t a single thing on the Pixel separating you from the way Google sees Android.
Everyone is liking the Pixel so much that Google wants to release another phone through the brand.
Rick Osterloh, Google’s Senior Vice President of Hardware, revealed that the company is thrilled with the Pixel and a successor will be released later in 2017.
Here’s what Osterloh told AndroidPIT:
“There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it. You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.”
He followed with a comment about the price for the successor. While phones like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P stayed wallet-friendly, Google priced the Pixel on a level you’d expect from Apple and Samsung. Nexus devices would start at a couple of hundred dollars; however, the Pixel is $649 from the get-go. The Pixel 2, if that’s what we’re calling it for now, will be similar. Osterloh says the success “stays premium” in the high-end segment.
And, finally, Osterloh explained that Google’s Pixel distribution still endures problems because of a lacking number of components for units.