Google’s latest flagship phones are the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro, but the leaked roadmap gives us an idea of the tech giant Pixel’s plans for the next few years – until 2025. seems to be seeing foldable phones, spec upgrades and more.
This is an intriguing glimpse into the future courtesy of you Android Office (opens in a new tab)though keep in mind that this is by no means official and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Google will change its plans, even if this report is currently accurate. Even the source itself says that the plan of action is not fixed.
With those caveats out of the way, we can dive in. Around the time of Google IO 2023 in April or May, we apparently get the Google Pixel Fold (priced at $1,799, which is around £1,495 or AU$2,675) and the Google Pixel 7a (apparently priced to match this year’s Google Pixel 6a at $449 / £399 / AU$749 ).
We’ll still have the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro later in 2023. This roadmap suggests the Pixel 8 will be smaller than its immediate predecessor, although the Pro model is said to match the Google Pixel 7 Pro in terms of dimensions and display size. Reportedly, both phones will be powered by the Tensor G3.
2024 will apparently bring three Pixel 9 models with the Tensor G4, with two Pro editions: the existing 6.7-inch size and the new 6.3-inch size (to better match the Apple iPhone series). However, the launch of the Google Pixel 8a is contingent on sales of the Pixel 7a – Google could switch to a two-year cycle for a mid-range phone.
That takes us all the way to 2025, and here the planning is more fluid – a lot depends on how sales of the 2023 and 2024 phones go. The report says Google may release a foldable to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip series, may expand the Pixel 10 range to four phones, and may introduce the Google Pixel Fold 2.
Analysis: after Apple and Samsung
As also indicated by the Android Authority, informing about its measures, Google clearly wants to follow in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung – the two phone manufacturers that dominate sales in the US. By 2025, Google could have two foldable models (like Samsung) and four flagship phone models (like Apple).
Switching the Pixel A series phones to launch every two years would also suit Apple – that’s what’s happening with the iPhone SE. When power and performance aren’t as important, updates aren’t as urgent, and changing the cycle could help Google keep these phones priced right.
It remains to be seen whether Pixel’s increased efforts lead to more hardware sales for Google. It has worked hard to build its ecosystem of devices – this year we launched the Pixel Watch and next year we will get the Pixel Tablet, giving consumers more devices that work seamlessly together.
Meanwhile, the main advantages of Pixel phones have remained the same for years: excellent photos and videos and a clean and constantly updated version of Android. However, at least in the US, Google still needs to do something about people’s dependence on iMessage to get a significant number of users to switch.