Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google is patting itself on the back this week. The reviews are in, and they’re mostly positive. Everything from “The Android iPhone You’ve Been Waiting For” to “Nearly everything you’d want in a flagship phone,” the smartphone is being widely celebrated. Google is now hoping that the sales figures will match.
Alphabet Inc Earns Glowing Reviews for Pixel
Google is looking to fill a hole in the Android market. After Samsung had to pull its Galaxy Note7 from the market, Android lovers were looking for a new alternative. Google jumped in, and has delivered.
In a bid to replace the Nexus devices, Google is hoping to achieve its initial mission with Pixel: offer users the best Android and Google services experience. So does it actually accomplish this goal? Yes!
The Wall Street Journal wrote that the Google Pixel “is now the best Android smartphone you can buy.” The review added that the Google Pixel has all of the features that the iPhone has, including software, services and privacy policies. Simply put: if you want a great camera, a better design, an enhanced battery life and easy-to-use software then the Google Pixel is for you.
The Verge has called the Google Pixel a “home run.” This review hones in on the Google Assistant, in which it notes that Pixel exists solely to be the main platform for the Assistant. The blog notes that Google is placing a lot of emphasis on the Assistant. The reviewer said this means it should be held to a greater standard. Does it achieve this higher standard? It avers that “there’s clearly still some work to do.”
Mashable states that this is “everything you’d want in a flagship phone.” Although it wasn’t high on the design of Pixel, the website did give the thumbs up to the performance, the Google Assistant and the battery power.
Ars Technica summed it up pretty well:
“Android 1.0 was not an incredible piece of software, and Google Phone 1.0 is not an incredible piece of hardware. What made Android great was continual iteration and improvement over many years. Hopefully, Google’s hardware team keeps at it and one day justifies the decision to become a hardware OEM. For now, we say: welcome to the cutthroat Android hardware business, Google.”
For the most part, everything seems great except for the design and the price-tag. (By the way, you’ll be paying $649 off contract for Google Pixel.)
When Will we Find About Google Pixel Sales?
It looks like Google’s big marketing pitch paid off. But this may mean that we won’t find out about the Pixel sales numbers anytime soon.
Reportedly, Pixel now has a five-week waiting time or is out of stock at many locations. The so-called very blue Pixel is sold out. The 32GB black and silver editions have an estimated maximum delivery time of five weeks with standard shipping. The larger device, Pixel XL, is out of stock entirely.
If you need to have a Google Pixel as soon as possible then perhaps Verizon is your friend. Verizon Wireless has confirmed that you can pre-order the Pixel or Pixel XL in any color for an October 20 delivery. You just have to order from the website.
Dislike Verizon? Don’t you worry. If you wanted to get your hands on one before the Christmas season then it’s quite possible that Google will replenish its supplies.
In the meantime, you may think this is an idiotic move on the part of Google. It really isn’t. This allows Google to better position itself in the smartphone market. Also, if there are numerous reports about it being sold out then it will intrigue undecided consumers. Google is winning on all fronts.