Google’s Pixel handsets were very well received by the market and the search engine giant will definitely release a second generation of the handsets! Still, we could also see another model this year, aimed at those with smaller budgets.
According to Phone Arena, the rumors first surfaced back in January and, even though Rick Osterloh, senior vice president at Google, wanted to shut down everything at MWC, last week, new details about this presumed cheaper Google-made phone emerged again.
If it becomes reality, the handset won’t be Pixel-branded!
Mr. Osterloh confirmed that the second iteration of the Pixel will remain premium and there won’t be a budget Pixel phone. However, according to a tipster, Google is apparently working on a budget phone, but one that won’t sport the Pixel brand.
Apparently, this mysterious handset may be an Android One model, being aimed at emerging markets, in an attempt of resuscitating the program, which isn’t doing very well lately. Therefore, from this point of view, the rumor really makes sense!
The demand for such a phone could be huge
Google wants to keep the Pixel brand connected to premium devices, just like they did until now, with the Pixel phones, the Chromebook Pixel and the Pixel C tablet, which are far from being your average looking (and priced) devices.
It will be very curious to see how the market reacts to such a phone. If the demand for Pixel models was very high, with the phones being constantly out of stock, not to mention the multiple delays in shipping, there’s no doubt that a budget Google-made phone could become even more popular! But is Google able to handle such a situation? Only time can tell…