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Google confirms commitment to Pixel smartphones for 2017

There will be a successor released to the original line of Google Pixel smartphones, with the company set to continue its hardware strategy. The news comes from Rick Osterloh, who is responsible for Google’s hardware division.

Osterloh confirmed the continuation of Google Pixel smartphones in an interview with Android Pit, providing an unambiguous response when asked about the issue.

“You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now,” Osterloh stated.

And although – as should be expected – Osterloh did not provide an exact release date for the Google Pixel 2, he did offer a significant hint about when it would be launched.

Generally, manufacturers release a new version of a smartphone around once every 12 months. Although this period can vary by a month or two either way, yearly product life cycles have become reasonably well established within the smartphone industry.

Osterloh was clear that Google does not intend to break from industry trends in this regard.

“There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it,” he said.

It is therefore likely that the Google Pixel 2 will be released sometime around October 2017.

[via Android Pit]