It was last year when Google released its first-ever “Made by Google” smartphones under the Pixel branding. As we are now in 2017, we can expect to see its successor rumored to be called Pixel 2. And the same has been confirmed by Google’s SVP of Hardware Rick Osterloh who is also the man behind the release Pixel phones.

In an interview with AndroidPIT on the sidelines of MWC, Osterloh revealed that Google will be bringing the Pixel successor later this year. He did not mention any specific time frame for the launch which is something not surprising to know, after all, he is the boss of the Pixel project and would not love to spill beans so early.

Osterloh said, “There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it. You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.”

He further mentioned that Pixel will continue to be a premium offering just like its predecessors. While it is nothing to be surprised about, the possibility of a budget Pixel has arisen because of a Pixel rumor reported last month.

While it has become official now that there will be a Pixel successor this year for sure, it would be interesting to see whether Google will launch two models like last year or it has some other plans for the future ahead.