Google shipped 3.9 million Pixels during 2017 according to report


Despite some display issues with the larger Pixel 2 XL, it would appear that Google's second attempt at developing its own range of phones has been more successful than the first, with around 3.9 million units reportedly being shipped in 2017.

IDC says Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel devices in 2017.

IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo tweeted that Google shipped 3.9 million units of the Pixel and Pixel 2 combined in 2017. The numbers suggest that Google still has a long way to go before it can challenge the iPhones. The Pixel and Pixel 2 devices are only available in up to eight countries, compared to the iPhone X, for example, that may be purchased in 70 countries.

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The third reason is that Google doesn't have a strong retail presence. We do expect Google to improve the Pixel in future years and actually become a decent iPhone alternative, as both Pixel series have had to deal with plenty of controversies. Apple also has deals with all the major carriers in the United States, putting iPhones in even more retail locations with even more salespeople.

On one hand, selling basically every Pixel phone you make is a good thing, but Google probably would have sold a lot more if it had met the demand.

Quick math shows it took Apple just 6.5 days and Samsung only 4.4 days to sell the same number of smartphones. Google's cheapest phone is last year's Pixel 1, which got a $100 price drop when the Pixel 2 came out and is technically for sale for $549 (although it's still sold out). Its smartphones compete against the best the market has to offer, featuring cutting-edge hardware, vanilla Android and, unlike many of its droid-toting siblings, three years of support. That said, the company is quickly picking up ground with its Pixel lineup, with sales in the past year doubling. Carrier deals make a huge difference in a country where nearly all phones are sold via carriers.