Last year saw Google unveil the Pixel 2 and 2 XL handsets to take over from the original Pixel phones that launched back in 2016. This time around, both HTC and LG had a hand in producing the phones that bear Google’s logo. Despite some display issues with the larger Pixel 2 XL, it would appear that Google’s second attempt at developing its own range of phones has been more successful than the first, with around 3.9 million units reportedly being shipped in 2017.
— Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) February 12, 2018
According to Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, the company had technically doubled the number of units shipped year-on-year. As we can see from the embedded tweet above, according to IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, Google shipped around 3.9 million units Pixel handsets in 2017. That number is pretty much a drop in the ocean when you think that the smartphone market is worth around 1.5 billion smartphones.
Doubling the number of units shipped is a good step for Google even if you don’t take that number at face value. When you delve a little deeper, though, it’s perhaps not so clear-cut. The original Pixel phones launched in October 2016, which gave them less than three months of availability, so the 3.9 million figure includes both generations of Pixel handsets. We’ll be able to see if Google’s device shipments are indeed on the increase, and by what percentage, this time in 2019, after the third generation of Pixel smartphones have launched.
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