Google's Rick Osterloh confirms Pixel 2 for 2017, and it "stays premium"

Google officially confirms the release of Google Pixel 2 sometime this year. Google's senior vice president of hardware, Rick Osterloh, said at MWC 2017, that the successor will be released this year, even though a date hasn't yet been finalised. This time, the tipster is claiming that Google is definitely working on a budget phone and the project itself is being handled by the Pixel team, but it won't be having the Pixel name. A budget specific Pixel phone by Google, is still not in row, it seems. Although rumors are suggesting an Android One release in the U.S. market, Google is giving us no such indication at present.

In conversation with AndroidPIT, Osterloh stated, "There is an annual rhythm in the industry". So, you can count on us to follow it.

The feature appears to be live on any phones that have Assistant enabled, so it should be rolling out with the version being delivered as part of the large-scale Google Play Services update.

Undoubtedly, apart from going for a more bezel-free design, Google also needs to focus on making the availability of the Pixel devices better, as, in the past, they were plagued by demand exceeding the supply rate - creating unrest among consumers.

As for now, it can not be confirmed whether this phone will come without a Pixel branding or if it will indeed take after the mentioned Android One branding. The firm, which formalized the commercialization of Google Pixel 2 this year, could well surprise us with a new announcement. It is also not surprising that Google is releasing this monthly security patches as it is always been doing for nearly a year now. The fingerprint scanner for the Samsung flagship will be embedded in the display, whereas, Pixel 2 may go with the existing setup of a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Given the fact that the Google Pixel 2 is a direct competitor of the iPhone 8, it is not very surprising to see the smartphone been subjected to various rumors and leaks.

As for the Pixel 2, we expect it to be an equally impressive device as its predecessor. Since then, rumours and speculations regarding a budget-Pixel smartphone have been taking the rounds. According to the Google executive, "Pixel stays premium". That rules out a price cut for the handset while improving chances to the contrary, of Pixel 2 being even costlier.

  • Patricia Jimenez