In October 2016, we informed you at TICbeat of the announcement and imminent launch of Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones (their most anticipated devices to be the first to be released with Android Nougat and Google Assistant software). And it is not clear that it will ever launch specifically for the few markets. After all, after almost half a year and knowing that one of its biggest attractions, Google Assistant, will not understand the language of Cervantes until 2018, its appeal begins to diminish.

The issue is that the announcement of the launch of Google Pixel 2 has arrived in US before. And is that Rick Osterloh (who holds the position of senior vice president of hardware at Google) confirmed during an interview on Android Pit that the Google smartphone would not only have successor, but that it would arrive before the end of 2017, so it would Continuity to the policy followed with the extinct Nexus range: launch one terminal per year (although we could get lucky and maybe enjoy two Pixels in the same year, some advantage would have to have).

Just last week a device that is said to be the Google Pixel 2 XL also appeared in a GFXBench listing, reportedly with a screen of 5.6inch and a resolution of 2560 × 1312, Android 7.1.1, a 2.4 GHz octa-core processor, Adreno 540, 4GB of RAM and 13Mp and 8Mp Cameras.

That Google will specify the Qualcomm SnapDragon 835 is not especially surprising, and although it is also said that test models with Intel chips earlier this year Google apparently ruled out the cheaper brand MediaTek. The Snapdragon 835 also appeared in some Google code associated with ‘Walleye’ and ‘Taimen’, so it seems to be the likely candidate. 9to5Google informs that the Google Pixel 2 will also be waterproof and will have an improved camera (enhanced through functions, especially with low-light photography, instead of megapixel counting).

In addition, Osterloh made it clear that, like the current Pixel and Pixel XL, future devices would target the ‘premium market’, ruling out a future economically more affordable version of this model. According to rumors that the media are echoing, the new model Google Pixel 2 is called to receive significant improvements in areas such as the processor and the camera (not so much in the sense of increasing the number of megapixels as in providing it of extra features: specific features are mentioned for photos with low luminosity).

The company noted that there were many more changes to the operating system, which did not have time to talk during the key note, including things like a redesigned menu configuration and Treble project, the latter essentially guarantees all users to get Android OS updates too much faster.