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Google shipped 3.9 million Pixels during 2017 according to report

Google shipped 3.9 million Pixels during 2017 according to report

In comparison, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sold 20 million devices in around four months a year ago.

Google still has a long way to go before its Pixel smartphones can hit figures that high-end smartphones from the likes of Samsung always do but it's seeing good progress.

According to IDC's Francisco Jeronimo, the 3.9 million units shipped of Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones in 2017 is just a fraction of the smartphone market, which sees total shipments of 1.5 billion units per year.

Even with those relatively paltry sales numbers, Google also dealt with a lot of Pixel stock issues in 2017. Google now has access to HTC's intellectual property to support the Pixel smartphone family. Something like the iPhone X is available in 70 countries. By contrast, Verizon is the only carrier selling Google phones in-store. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched previous year to no shortage of enthusiasm from Android fans, replacing handsets that had been equally lauded by vocal users.

One thing that's clearly impacting sales is distribution.

That means, as a rough estimate, it would take less than a week of iPhone sales to eclipse Google's entire 2017 Pixel shipments.

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. Lower-end phones lead to more sales, and Samsung matches yearly Pixel shipments every 3.5 days. 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).

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