Google has sold 3.9 million Pixel handsets in 2017
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Google might be the brand behind the Android operating system and the popular Play store that comes with it, but when it comes to hardware sales, it simply cannot fly with the big boys yet. For example, Samsung managed to sell 20 million Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ units in around four months last year (from their launch in April until the end of August). The figures generated by the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL are no match for Samsung's numbers, but they also suggest that the South Korean multinational giant should pay attention to Google because they might breathe down its neck in a few years one way or another.
The latest Google Pixel handsets arrived in October 2017 and they have been available only from the Google Store in a few countries, but a few carriers also added them to their portfolio (Verizon Wireless, for example). Both use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage. Sadly, none of them comes with support for a microSD card. The 12 MP main camera on both models has an aperture of f/1.8, featuring advanced autofocus capabilities, dual LED flash, and optical image stabilization. Obviously, the Pixel 2 flagships run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
All in all, the Google Pixel flagships are taking off nicely. Although there have been some bugs reported here and there, we expect to see these two flagships receive a lot of love in 2018. As long as Google does not try to take on Xiaomi or Huawei too soon, its future as a hardware makes looks quite bright. If they could launch a mid-range Pixel smartphone, that would definitely make everything more interesting.