Aug 6th, 2020

The Pixel 4 is no more. Google’s flagship smartphones, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, are no longer available on the Google Store and will not be restocked. In a statement to The Verge, a Google spokesperson said that the “Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL, the product is available from some partners while supplies last. Just like all Pixel devices, Pixel 4 will continue to get software and security updates for at least three years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US.”

We’re used to seeing Google and other manufacturers cut the cord on older devices one a new one is released, but that’s usually 14-18 months after the initial launch date. The Pixel 4 lineup was unveiled less than 10 months ago and Google isn’t expected to unveil the Pixel 5 until at least the first week of October.

The company hasn’t said why the phones have been discontinued, but there’s a good chance that they pulled the plug due to slower than expected sales. After the success of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a which resulted in a 52% year-over-year increase in sales for Google’s smartphone business, but those numbers fizzled out in the first half of 2020 with sales numbers turning in the opposite direction. 

For those still interested in picking up the Pixel 4 or the 4 XL, the phones are still available from third-party retailers like Amazon and Best Buy and Google’s carrier partners.

At this point, we suggest waiting things out for the Pixel 5 or simply picking up the Pixel 4a if you’re looking for Google’s amazing camera experience.

Source: The Verge

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