Google shipped 3.9 mn Pixel devices in 2017

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Google shipped 3.9 mn Pixel devices in 2017

In comparison, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sold 20 million devices in around four months past year.

IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo tweeted that Google shipped 3.9 million units of the Pixel and Pixel 2 combined in 2017. This will surely be welcome news for Google as it continues to grow the Pixel brand. The Pixel and Pixel 2 devices are only available in up to eight countries, compared to the iPhone X, for example, that may be purchased in 70 countries. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched past year to no shortage of enthusiasm from Android fans, replacing handsets that had been equally lauded by vocal users. Even five months after the launch of the Pixel 1 at the end of 2016, the company couldn't keep the phone in stock on the Google Store.

On one hand, selling basically every Pixel phone you make is a good thing, but Google probably would have sold a lot more if it had met the demand.

It also certainly does not help the Google Pixel's cause that there are certain problems associated with the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones, including microphone defects and touchscreen problems. Samsung, with a wider range of price points, is the smartphone sales leader with 317.3 million phones shipped in 2017, according to IDC.

All of Google's recent moves prove that, more than ever, Google wants to be more like Apple. Apple, meanwhile, starts its smartphone line with the $349 iPhone SE.

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.

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