My friend Joey @ OMG Chrome has unearthed a video (which was made private soon after, which makes it more interesting) wherein a Google executive confirms the existence of a Pixel 2.0, coming soon to the market.
The video shows Google’s Renee Niemi talking to attendees of Google’s Team Work 2015 event, explaining company’s plans around Pixel 2.0. Here is the text:
“We do have a new Pixel coming out and it will be coming out soon. We will be selling it but I just have to set your expectations: this is a development platform. This is really a proof of concept. We don’t make very many of these — we really don’t. And […] our developers and our Googlers consume 85% of what we produce. But yes, we do have a new Pixel coming out.”
The news of a Pixel 2.0 is exciting. However, what fascinates me more is the explanation given by Google on what their plan is for Pixel. We have always had speculations and assumptions on what Google wants to do with Pixel. Set a standard, make it the Nexus of Chromebooks or just have some fun.
Looks like we have an explanation now, and we also know that there won’t be a diluted Pixel 2.0 to keep the costs low. We are most likely to see a product with the same build quality and better specs, probably the same design and a slightly lower price, or a newer improved design for pretty much the same price.
The waiting game has started. All we need now is reports of invites going out to reporters for the grand revealing!