According to IDC's numbers, Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017. 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. The Pixel 2 phones were also launched in October 2017, with a bigger marketing push, and their shipments are included in the 3.9 million total.
Jeronimo points out how it's a "remarkable achievement to double sales", especially during a time when consumers mostly already have smartphones. Its smartphones compete against the best the market has to offer, featuring cutting-edge hardware, vanilla Android and, unlike many of its droid-toting siblings, three years of support. While an impressive feat to achieve given the current market saturation, Google's numbers are still paltry in comparison with the market size (around 1.5 billion devices).
Doubling the number of units shipped is a good step for Google even if you don't take that number at face value.
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Google may not be entirely new to the smartphone scene, but it's still a minor player when it comes to sales.
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 Pixel smartphones are nice, but that would not matter much if customers are not able to purchase them. Don't expect a new Pixel handset before the fall, though.