Google launched its Pixel smartphones late last year and the response for the first-generation “Made by Google” smartphones appears to have been very good. It goes without saying that Google won’t rest on its laurels and that we can expect the company to follow up on the Pixel and Pixel XL‘s successor. The company’s head of hardware Rick Osterloh and confirmed that the company is going to release a 2017 Pixel smartphone in the coming months and that it’s going to be a premium device much like its predecessors.

To be fair, no one expected Google to add a mid-range or entry-level handset to the Pixel lineup just yet. So Osterloh’s confirmation that the 2017 Pixel phone is going to be premium is just like reaffirming your faith in the blueness of the sky.

Osterloh also mentioned in his conversation with the folks over at AndroidPIT that Google isn’t interested in adding a low-cost option to the Pixel lineup just yet and that the existing ecosystem of hardware vendors is doing a fine job of offering mid-range and entry-level options.

He didn’t really confirm anything about the new Pixel handsets, though, but it’s expected that Google will follow up with two models this year as well. We’ll likely hear more about the new Pixel smartphones in the weeks and months to come. Don’t expect these handsets to arrive before fall.

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