Google Shipped 3.9 Million Pixel Units Last Year

14 February, 2018, 19:48 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel smartphones in 2017

Data from IDC shows that Google Pixel sales doubled a year ago to 3.9 million, but still represents "a tiny portion of the 1.5 billion market size".

Google's jump into the hardware arena with self-branded phones began with the first Pixel phone at the end of 2016, and the company still has a ton of work to do.

As IDC points out, it leaves Google with "a tiny portion of the 1.5 billion market size" for smartphones overall. So Apple ships more phones in a week than Google does in a year.

The Android versus iOS war may often be phrased in terms of Pixel vs iPhone, but new sales stats for Google's Pixel suggest there's a long way to go before Apple needs to be anxious.

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The analyst, IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, said the figure includes both generations of the phone, the Pixel 1 and 2. For comparison, Apple typically has sales stats showing over a million iPhones sold per day. Jeronimo said Google doubled its Pixel sales in the a year ago. Of course with a wider customer base you'll sell more phones.

But the Pixel isn't a massive commercial success for Google for the time being. The devices come with powerful specifications and a bloatware-free experience with Google's mobile operating system that make them arguably the best Android smartphones in the market.

One thing not many people will realize is that Google's smartphone pricing is even more high-end than Apple's, though. While top devices from Apple and Samsung are widely available via all major wireless providers, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets can only be had through Google's online store or from Verizon (in the US).

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