If you were hoping for a new and affordable Nexus phone to rise from the ashes, then you’re going to be very disappointed.
2016 was a year of change, Google killed the Nexus line in favor the new, shiny, and expensive Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixels were designed from the ground up at Google, and included top of the line specs, an excellent camera, exclusive software features, and an unhealthy dose of sticker shock.
Now we’re three months into 2017, and the tech world is already curious on what Google is cooking up for us this time. When AndroidPIT asked whether or not a Pixel successor was on the way, Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh said, “There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it” Osterloh also added, “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.” So we can definitely expect a Pixel successor sometime this year, but exactly when we’ll see it is still a mystery. If we’re lucky Google might tease the device at its annual Google I/O developer conference in May, and we could see an October release similar to last year.
Also, when Osterloh was asked about the possibility of a cheaper, lower end Pixel, he shut it down by saying, “Pixel stays premium” and Google will continue to leave mid to low end tier of smartphones to other manufacturers.
As it turns out the Pixel wasn’t just a fad or an experiment, the Pixel line is here to stay. You may be stomping around angrily at this, or pumping your fist in the air, regardless the Pixel 2 is going to one of several pieces of tech that drive the hype train for 2017.