Google Pixel 2 release date, latest news: Pixel's successor to launch later this year

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Google's first android smartphone will get a second iteration this year, according to one of the company's top honchos.

In an interview with AndroidPIT International, Google's senior vice president of hardware Rick Osterloh confirmed that the Google Pixel will have a successor. "There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it," said Osterloh. He then continued, saying that the public can count on the Pixel 2 to come out this year, although he didn't give a definite date.

Moreover, he also made it clear that the upcoming Pixel will remain in the same high-end category as its predecessor, saying that the "Pixel stays premium" and that there will be no cheap version of the smartphone. He also added that they are leaving it to the other phone manufacturers to come up with lower-priced units.

A report by GSM Arena stated that Google is currently experiencing inventory issues with the Pixel smartphones, which has led to stocks running out most of the time. A Google representative, on the other hand, said that they are on top of the issue and are addressing the concern accordingly. "We're aware about the inventory issues on the Google Store and Verizon. Honestly, demand has exceeded our expectations. We're doing our best to restock on an ongoing basis," said Google, according to  The Verge.

The Pixel 2 will likely showcase improvements on the already impressive specs and features of the Pixel. Its predecessor sports a 5-inch display featuring an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It also has a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, a Quadcore CPU, and a 12.3MP camera.

Furthermore, it also comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection, a non-removable 2770mAh battery, as well as fingerprint sensors, gyro sensors, proximity sensors, a barometer, an accelerometer, and a compass, according to its specs sheet that is posted on GSM Arena.