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Google says to "count on" a second-generation Pixel smartphone this year

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According to Google's announcement, the personal voice assistant that launched on the Pixel phone will slowly make its way to all devices in the U.S. with English set as the device language.

Talking to AndroidPit, Google's Senior VP of Hardware, Rick Osterloh confirmed that another Pixel device will be launched this year and it will still cost a premium. Which means if a 12-month release cycle is to be adhered to we should expect the Google Pixel 2 in the same month.

You cannot expect a phone set to compete against iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 to come cheap. According to a report published by 9 to 5 Google, the company is internally testing a "few" prototypes of a device they reffered to as "Pixel 2B". "There is an annual rhythm in the industry".

"You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me", Osterloh told the publication, adding that the phone's pricing would stay in the premium segment.

Now that Google has established its hardware debut as a straightaway success, the Mountain View giant is already hard at work on a successor, and, in all probability, a budget phone which if it comes out of its prototype stage, could be launched in emerging markets including India. The Pixel is also an undeniably good phone, particularly in the absence of strong competition, thanks to its quality construction, pure version of Android and special Google features such as the voice-controlled Assistant.

Rumours are running rampant as both the smartphones, Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8, are expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It is said that Google Pixel 2 will run on Android 8.0 Oreo.

Osterloh, who was the former president of Motorola was hired nearly a year back in April 2016 to head Google's hardware department and unite the company's different hardware projects.

That line included the normal Pixel and the Pixel XL smartphones. I think the Google Pixel will be much easier to hold as compare to the Pixel XL. Now, earlier Android One smartphones were built by third party OEMs such as Spice, Micromax India but with this rumours, Google is also expected to take the Pixel approach to Android One range.

See Also: Google Pixel 2 Rumor Roundup: iPhone killer is here.


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