Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Google working on budget smartphone but it won't be a Pixel

Google working on budget smartphone but it won't be a Pixel

Last year Google bid farewell to the iconic Nexus line-up of smartphones in favour of the Pixel and Pixel XL - the first devices designed and conceptualised in house by the company.

Google just released the latest Android security update yesterday, and both the Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon's network are already being upgraded to the new software. While Samsung is expected to go for a display-embedded fingerprint sensor for the S8, Google is expected to continue with the rear-mounted one on the current Pixel device.

The above however tallies well with the worldwide trend as both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are expected to see a hike in their prices. Google is further claiming that the Pixel 2B will be aimed at select markets and will bring the Google experience and Google Phone to the emerging markets.

Osterloh's statements were taken from an interview with mobile tech-themed website Android Pit, where the Google executive briefly discussed an outline of the upcoming mobile device.

There is an annual rhythm in the industry. "So, you can count on us to follow it", Osterloh commented. But from Rick Osterloh's statement it is clear that there is no budget friendly Google Pixel happening.

It is expected that Google Pixel 2 will also be released during October this year keeping in line with its predecessor. We hope not because Android One smartphone range is meant to come with a cheaper price tag which is also the USP of these devices.

Given the fact that the Google Pixel 2 is a direct competitor of the iPhone 8, it is not very surprising to see the smartphone been subjected to various rumors and leaks. A leakster reported that the Pixel 2 is going to to not focus on having greater megapixels, but it will make up for it in other features.

While Google doesn't break out its numbers for Pixel units sold, analysts estimate that customers bought around 552,000 Pixel phones by the end of 2016, according to USA Today. The source also mentioned that Google might not actually opt for more megapixels and instead stick to improving the low-light capabilities, something they did while launching the Pixel.

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