Despite "Pixel vs iPhone" Google phone sales are tiny

Cesar Mills
February 14, 2018

The Pixel phone series is a testament to that, the pinnacle of Google's ambitions to date. Firstly, 3.9 million units is a small part of the overall Android market.

IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo recently revealed on Twitter that Google doubled its shipment of Pixel devices to 3.9 million units in 2017. For comparison, Apple typically has sales stats showing over a million iPhones sold per day. This will surely be welcome news for Google as it continues to grow the Pixel brand.

Disclosed to investors, Google advised Pixel phone shipments doubled in 2017 - a claim substantiated by IDC. 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.

One thing that's clearly impacting sales is distribution.

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Google has high hopes for the Pixel line.

"Presumably, the jump to 3.9 million is largely thanks to the Pixel 2 but discounts on the original Pixel earlier in the year (and following the 2's debut) could tip the numbers in the other direction", the report added. Don't expect a new Pixel handset before the fall, though. That said, the company is quickly picking up ground with its Pixel lineup, with sales in the past year doubling.

It also certainly does not help the Google Pixel's cause that there are certain problems associated with the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones, including microphone defects and touchscreen problems. There is a partnership this year with Verizon and more visible marketing, but it seems this hasn't translated into massive sales.

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