Google expected to sell 9 million Pixel handsets in 2016 and 2017
Google Pixel and Pixel XL might have some problems with Samsung Pay on Gear S3, but they have been well received by the press and the customers. The new flagships are the first ones to drop the Nexus brand and, if Morgan Stanley's predictions turn out to be accurate, their sales will bring Google a solid amount of cash.
According to the well-known financial firm Morgan Stanley, Google will sell 3 million Pixel handsets by the end of the year, thus generating a revenue of around $2 billion. They also mentioned an estimation of up to 6 million units in 2017, this volume of sales translating to a revenue of $3.8 billion. A recent report from India reveals that Google Pixel and Pixel XL already control about 10 percent of the local smartphone market's premium sector.
While the figures above might seem impressive, Google is still a long way behind giants like Samsung or Apple. In the third quarter of 2016, these two companies sold over 110 million handsets - 71 million by Samsung, and 43 million by Apple.