Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones previous year, IDC says

Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones previous year, IDC says

Google's only on its second generation of phones (the Nexus phones, which were never driven by a strategy of scale, don't really count), but if you compare its 2017 shipments to Apple's second-generation iPhone, the 3G, which sold 1 million units inits opening weekend, you start to see that it's very clear very few people are leaping onto the Pixel train, despite a lavish marketing campaign.

Google managed to double the number of Pixel devices it shipped in 2017.

Data from IDC shows that Google Pixel sales doubled past year to 3.9 million, but still represents "a tiny portion of the 1.5 billion market size". This would mean that Apple shipped more iPhones per week than the number of Google Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones for the whole of 2017.

However, IDC's recent numbers reveal Google still has some way to go, before it reaches market leader status. We do expect Google to improve the Pixel in future years and actually become a decent iPhone alternative, as both Pixel series have had to deal with plenty of controversies.

We're using Apple as an example not just because the two companies are frequent rivals, but also because Apple offers the closest product lineup to Google, with only a handful of high-end models.

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iPhone and Galaxy phone sales dwarfed Pixel by a massive margin. For comparison, Apple typically has sales stats showing over a million iPhones sold per day.

Though there are undoubtedly many reasons why Pixel sales were so disappointing, the most problematic is its lack of retail presence.

While that's technically double the phones Google shipped in 2016, there's a fairly important caveat to take note of. Over 90 percent of phone sales are sold through carriers.

Look, I get it, the Pixel's still the new guy on the block. Carrier deals make a huge difference in a country where nearly all phones are sold via carriers. According to data from TrendForce, HMD sold 4.4 million devices during the holiday quarter alone. Lower-end phones lead to more sales, and Samsung matches yearly Pixel shipments every 3.5 days.

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