Days after saying the Pixel 4a, Google has quietly discontinued gross sales of the Pixel Four and Pixel Four XL. The transfer, famous early by the Verge, represents an especially truncated lifecycle for a Google flagship — round half of the 18 months the corporate continued to promote its two predecessors.
Google already introduced the approaching arrival of the Pixel 5, when it famous the forthcoming handset could be one among two Pixels gadgets to sport 5G, together with the Pixel 4a 5G.
The firm confirmed the transfer in an announcement, noting, “Google Store has bought by means of its stock and accomplished gross sales of Pixel 4 [and] Four XL. For people who find themselves nonetheless desirous about shopping for Pixel 4 [and] Four XL, the product is out there from some companions whereas provides final. Just like all Pixel gadgets, Pixel Four will proceed to get software program and safety updates for a minimum of three years from when the system first turned accessible on the Google Store within the US.”
The Pixel Four was a largely well-received system, owing largely to spectacular digicam work. But the handset was hampered by unhealthy battery life — one thing Google has since addressed within the 4a. The new price range handset additionally sports activities a wonderful digicam for its value level, making the Pixel 4’s existence considerably redundant. Though the tip of the Pixel Four XL does go away Google with a bigger possibility.
The firm has clearly been coping with a type of id disaster with its smartphones. A current administration shakeup seems to level to a need for a brand new course for the road, which has lengthy suffered from uneven gross sales. Among different issues, Google entered an already saturated market and has had some bother distinguishing its choices from different Android handsets.
It stays to be seen whether or not the Pixel 5 would be the first system to profit from the division’s new course.