Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones past year, IDC says

Enlarge  The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Ron Amadeo

Enlarge The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Ron Amadeo

Google recently acquired Taiwan-based HTC's smartphone design team for $1.1 billion.

According to IDC's numbers, Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017. That's good, in that it is double the previous year's shipments.

Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the Christmas quarter for an average of 849.450 iPhones a day, per ZDNet's math. The company needed a whole year to sell as many Pixels as iPhone units Apple sells in a week.

Google launched the first Pixel phone in October 2016 and followed it up with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The bad news, however, is that Google Pixel devices have barely made a dent in the smartphone market, especially compared to the sales figures of Apple's iPhone.

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With Pixel phones not available in many global countries, it's not unlikely Google is working on a longer-term strategy. Google's support system is also lacking, as support is all done online.

Past year saw Google unveil the Pixel 2 and 2 XL handsets to take over from the original Pixel phones that launched back in 2016.

One thing that's clearly impacting sales is distribution.

Then again, maybe Google is fine with its Pixel simply being a reference design for Android devices. That's not a massive number, but it shows great growth for the company's lineup.

Do you own one of the 3.9 million Pixel phones that Google shipped in 2017? Jeronimo said Google doubled its Pixel sales in the past year. 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.

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