Despite "Pixel vs iPhone" Google phone sales are tiny

Allan Goodman
February 14, 2018

The number was revealed by IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo, who notes that this is comprised of both first and second generation Pixel smartphones as well as their XL variants.

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

Despite Google's decision to withhold Pixel shipment numbers, IDC has released its own estimates reflecting the device's "tiny" presence in the smartphone market.

Jeronimo points out how it's a "remarkable achievement to double sales", especially during a time when consumers mostly already have smartphones. Jeronimo had noted that the smartphone market size is 1.5 billion, which means Google has a lot of space to grow.

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The Pixel sales is also less than a typical week's worth of iPhone sales for Apple, 9to5google.com reported.

Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the Christmas quarter for an average of 849.450 iPhones a day, per ZDNet's math.

While he didn't provide any concrete figures, Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently confirmed during the company's quarterly earnings call that Google has seen its device shipments more than double year-over-year. Google now has access to HTC's intellectual property to support the Pixel smartphone family. The devices come with powerful specifications and a bloatware-free experience with Google's mobile operating system that make them arguably the best Android smartphones in the market. Last year, ahead of the Pixel 2 launch, Essential Products had of the Essential Phone - from $699 (roughly Rs. 45,460) to $499 (roughly Rs. 32,457) in order to compete with the big guns.

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