Rick Osterloh, the senior vice president of hardware at Google and now, the man that has the company’s smartphones, tablets and computers in the palm of his hand, has today confirmed that we can expect at least one new Pixel phone this year.
Speaking during an interview with AndroidPIT, Osterloh explained that Google will follow the same release cadence as the rest of the industry, which means a new smartphone every 12 months at least.
“There is an annual rhythm in the industry,” Osterloh told AndroidPIT. “So, you can count on us to follow it.”
Perhaps, as you might expect, at this stage, Osterloh was not keen to offer specifics about the device or devices that Google would be unleashing on an expectant smartphone market this year, simply saying that “you can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.” Those hoping for a return to the Nexus roots of offering Android smartphones on a budget should not get their hopes up though, with the man pulling the purse strings insistent that “Pixel stays premium.”
Expect whatever new smartphones come out of Google in 2017 to follow the same, arguably high pricing structure of the current Pixel lineup.
While the 2016 Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL were well received by both critics and users alike, Google has so far been unable to ensure that the handsets are readily available to those who have a desire to buy one. Stock shortages and long lead times have been a fixture of the Pixel’s life so far, and many will hope that Google is concentrating on the production of any new releases as much as it is concentrating on making sure the hardware inside it is capable of competing with 2017’s brand of superphones.
Let’s see if Google has improved its processes to cater for this year’s demands.