Google Pixel Head Rick Osterloh Confirms Pixel 2 Premium Smartphone for 2017

Google Pixel 2 confirmed for 2017

Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola employee, is the man behind Google Pixel. In a brief interview with AndroidPit, Osterloh talks about problems with Google Pixel production, a shortage of supply and the next device from Google, the Pixel 2.

Though he did not reveal a specific release date, he did indicate an “annual rhythm in the industry.” That means sometime around October, when the original Pixel and Pixel XL were released.

That’s as close as we’ll get to a release date for now, but at least we know that Google is actively pursuing the continuance of the Pixel line of smartphones and that it’s definitely coming out before the end of 2017.

As for production problems, it appears that Google has some bottlenecks related to components for the current Pixel and Pixel XL. There’s no validation of this assumption, but we do know that demand far outstrips Google’s ability to make and ship new phones right now.

A lot of Google’s strategies around Google Pixel have changed, admittedly. First of all, we know that Google Assistant was initially reserved for Google-branded devices, but now we’re seeing integrations with other smartphones.

It began with the LG G6, but Google has now decided to let GA out of its cage and embrace the larger Android ecosystem of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat devices. That rollout has already begun for users in the United States.

With Pixel 2, Google has high standards to meet, and this time they have a predecessor to compare the new phones to. They no longer have exclusivity for GA, so now we’re wondering what Google can do to top the features on the original Pixel.

We also know that the Pixel 2 has no intention of gracing the mid-range market. It will remain a premium phone with annual releases, which means strong competition for both Apple and Samsung moving forward.

What ideas will Google think up for the Pixel 2? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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