Google released the first generation Pixel smartphones, the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL back in October 2016. Bearing the sub par design, both the phones were immensely successful for the search giant.
However, there was a major issue with the phones Availability. Both the phones were out of stock most of the time last year in the US and the UK. The official Google Store still says the device will be shipped in six months if you order it now. That’s a bummer for smartphones which are considered as one of the best in the market.
In a report from ArsTechnica, it seems that what gave away the sales figures was the install figures for the Pixel Launcher on the Google Play Store. It has been noted that the Pixel Launcher is an exclusive to the Pixel phones, which means that the number of installs on the Play Store should roughly equate to the number of units sold, which right now is sitting at the 1,000,000-5,000,000 mark.
As the report on ArsTechnica also notes, this number doesn’t include any installs done via an APK file The report points out Apk Mirror’s download for Pixel Launcher has 1.3 million users, which means those users are higher than actual Pixel smartphone owns.
However to justify the report, the publication also gave an example of Google Talkback, which also comes preinstalled with the Pixel phones as an exclusive. Now, the Talkback app also crossed the one million download mark, and Google counts the installation once per account, irrespective of how many times you update the app or reset the phone.
In India, the Google Pixel suffered from the problem of a high premium pricing and was launched at Rs 57,000 for the smaller Pixel, and Rs 67,000 for the Pixel XL smartphone. Recently we saw the prices of the Google Pixel series being slashed in India with Rs 13,000 discount, cashback being offered in some cases. Pixel phones were launched both offline and online in India.