IDC: Google Sold A "Tiny" 3.9M Pixel Phones In 2017

IDC: Google Sold A

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. For comparison, Apple typically has sales stats showing over a million iPhones sold per day.

Google Pixel and Pixel 2 sales doubled to 3.9 million units in 2017. Google has proven it is good at the "phone building" part of being in the smartphone business-the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are easily the best Android phones you can buy.

Google may not be entirely new to the smartphone scene, but it's still a minor player when it comes to sales.

For starters, Google only sells Pixel phones in six to eight countries, depending on the model, so Google is not the slightest bit competitive in the worldwide market. It's unclear, though, how many of these 3.9 million units were actually sold to end customers.

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The Google Pixel smartphones were supposed to be Android's answer to Apple's iPhone.

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.

Further, the original Pixel and Pixel XL were released in October 2016, meaning they were only available for a portion of that year whereas they were available for the whole of 2017. People are much more willing to buy a cheaper product, and Google's nascent hardware brand might have a harder time convincing people to pay top-dollar. 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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