Upcoming Google Pixel smartphones to stay in the premium category

"You can (also) count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now".

At the roundtable discussion during the Mobile World Congress, Google's senior vice president of hardware - Rick Osterloh confirmed that the company is certainly working on the successor. Nor did he reveal the Pixel 2's launch date, but he did confirm that the phone would be in the premium segment.

Google is expected to release Pixel 2 smartphone later this year. Even though HTC did technically build the Pixel and Pixel XL, you wouldn't know that without taking the device apart.

Shortly after the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were unveiled last fall and became available, rumors started to swirl around that Google may be looking to offer a mid-range Pixel or at least a cheaper one. It might come with water resistance feature, a better camera, and a much faster processor.

Rumours of the Google Pixel 2 first emerged earlier this year.

Osterloh further added that Google is not very keen on launching budget smartphones and the company will make sure that "Pixel stays premium".

The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have been widely regarded as some of the best Android devices that one could purchase in 2016. Although, he stated that Pixel 2 will be arriving before 2017 ends.

2017 is going to be another exciting year when it comes to smartphones, and you can see all of the major players not giving a single inch of elbow room to their competitors. The VergeGoogle had confirmed that there will soon be a sequel to the Pixel 1.

Details are scarce but we are confident that the next-gen Pixel 2 will arrive. Currently, rumors are high that the Pixel 2B would be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM and a killer camera.

There is a boat load of mega-news in this week's recap, so you'll want to take your time.

  • Carolyn Briggs