Google shipped 3.9 million Pixels during 2017 according to report

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.

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.

Do you own one of the 3.9 million Pixel phones that Google shipped in 2017? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Francisco Jeronimo, IDC (Twitter)


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).


  • Nathan Goddard

    I was hesitant to purchase the Pixel 2 XL becuase of negative press regarding the display. I am very glad I bought this phone. The elephant first – the blue shift is not nearly what it is made out to be. I believe that reviewers wanted a perfect phone and this was one thing to pick on. The phone is great. Front firing speakers means no muting of music when you set the phone down, very high build quality, exceptionally fast and always running the lastest version of Android. The screen is much cripser looking than the OnePlus 5t…I know because I owned that phone. The camera is very good, beaten out only by the sensor in the Xperia phone. In a world where Samsung and Apple seem to be the only two options Google has delivered an innovative handset that challenges the conservative offers in the market. It is a phone that gets noticed and you enjoying showing it off to people.

    • David Martrano

      So 4 million phones sold. I guess that’s a fare number. Well, the only reason I didn’t purchase the 128gb xl2 would set me back 950.00. No headphone jack, no wireless & no micro s/d support. Those are 3 must features for me at this price. So i decided to go elsewhere! I chose the s8+ which set me back 540.00, a much better deal!