Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL discontinued ahead of Pixel 5 release
Google launched the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL back in October last year. Ten months later, the two flagship phones look to have run their race and have now been discontinued ahead of the release of the next-gen Pixel phone, the Pixel 5.
Speaking to The Verge, Google had this to say:
“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."
That's a surprising decision by Google, as previous Pixel phones were produced for much longer. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL were discontinued in March, for example, eighteen months after they were released. The Pixel 4 duo, on the other hand, spent only half that time on the market. It appears Google is quickly trying to move away from the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL towards a new product ideology—one that has just been kickstarted with the release of the Pixel 4a a few days ago.
The company is set to release the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 later this year, with the Pixel 4a 5G expected to be a bigger, more powerful version of the regular Pixel 4a. The Pixel 5 will remain Google's top of the line phone but will move downmarket relative to previous offerings in the series. Both the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 will be available on pre-order starting October 8.